Democrats Fail to Win in California House Races – GV Wire

Republican congressman Mike Garcia had a target painted on his back this year.

Garcia narrowly won a special election in 2020 and a full term later that year, twice defeating Democrat Christy Smith, a former state councilman, the second time by just 333 votes.

However, Garcia’s district, in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, went ahead of Democrat Joe Biden in that year’s presidential game by 12 percentage points, and when the boundaries were redrawn by the state’s redistricting commission, the margin for Democratic voter registration grew to more than 12 percent. points.

Dan Walters with a serious expression

Dan Walters

Cal Matters


All of that made Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, a potential prime target in 2022 as Democrats tried to prevent Republicans from taking control of the House.

In the end, however, Garcia secured a surprisingly easy reelection, beating Smith for the third time by about 5 percentage points, and coincidentally, his win gave the GOP the 218 seats needed to take control of the House. Coincidentally, Garcia’s 27th congressional district also borders the 20th CD of House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, who will likely be the next speaker.

The Democratic campaign hierarchy, for some reason, had not mounted the all-out assault on Garcia that had been widely expected and Smith, who had lost a third time, was furious.

“Our campaign received virtually zero outside resources to fight this battle. In fact, I’ve been battling the institutional power of my own party from the start of this race,” Smith said in one of several Twitter posts complaining that her lack of party support meant “we didn’t stand a chance.”

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