Election 2020

BOOM! There's Been a Major Upset in an Important California Special Election

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Decision Desk has declared Republican Mike Garcia the winner of Tuesday’s special election in California’s 25th House District.

The seat was in Democrat hands, vacated when rookie Rep. Katie Hill resigned last fall ahead of the House Ethics Committee’s investigation of her “throuple” affair with her legislative director.

Katie Hill won that seat in 2018 by 9 points. Garcia has flipped it from blue to red with a 13-point walloping of the Democrat. Quick math, that’s a 22-point swing toward the red in a year when President Trump is supposed to be so vulnerable. It’s a special election, with different dynamics from a regular election, but still a very significant result.

Does this look like he’s vulnerable at the moment?

He still may be, it’s a long way yet to November, but that’s not what the signs from last night say. In addition to the big win in CA-25, Republicans held a set in Wisconsin they were expected to hold, and Trump got another indication of high voter enthusiasm in Nebraska. He overperformed his 2016 primary win, by a lot.

Trump himself put up historic numbers in the Nebraska presidential primary. With less than half the vote in, Trump has already doubled his 2016 total in the state — leading GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to tout what she called surging “enthusiasm” for the president’s reelection.

The Democrats had a bad night. Trump had a good night. California is replacing Hill with Mike Garcia, whose resume as a combat veteran pilot is gaudy.

Results of Special Election to Replace Katie ‘The Hairbrusher’ Hill and Her Power Throuple