Former representative Katie hill, a Democrat, won the seat north of Los Angeles in the 25th District of State Congress, which had been a stronghold of the GOP for more than two decades. But last October, Hill resigned amid a scandal of nude photos and accusations by her ex-husband of an inappropriate relationship with a staff member. Hill has denied a relationship.
On May 12, voters will decide who will serve Hill’s remaining term in the House. The candidates are Democrat Christy Smith and Republican Mike Garcia. Then in November – in the context of the presidential election – they will decide to elect Smith or Garcia for a full term.
Smith received high-profile approval from former President Obama this week, but also got into some hot water when a leaked video showed that she was making fun of Garcia’s focus on her military experience, according to The Hill. Garcia is a former Navy pilot.
She then tried to repair the damage.
“Without a doubt, I have the utmost respect for the service of Mike Garcia in our country and I am sorry for the comments I have made which might suggest otherwise,” she later said in a statement. communicated.
“Without a doubt, I have the utmost respect for Mike Garcia’s service to our country and I am sorry for the comments I have made that might suggest otherwise.”
President Trump approved Garcia and slammed Smith on Twitter: “Vote @ MikeGarcia2020 by May 12!” His opponent @ ChristyforCA25. . . Now she is laughing at our great veterinarians! We need Navy fighter pilot Mike Garcia in # CA25! ” he wrote.
The seat of one of the 39 Democrats was overthrown in 2018, but the first returns by mail seem to favor the Republicans.
So far, 32% of registered Republicans have voted in special elections, compared to 20% of Democrats and 15% of independents, according to the Washington Post.
The complication of the elections is coronavirus pandemic, which makes campaigning and voting more difficult.
Only a small number of polling stations will be open, which means that most voters will have to vote by mail.
Democrats say they will likely do better in November when voter turnout for the presidential election is expected to be higher.
“We try to campaign at the height of the crisis when it is difficult to get people’s attention because people are so distracted by the crisis,” said Smith, according to The Post. “We hope for the best and that participation breaks in our favor.”
Hill’s severe deprivation in the neighborhood also didn’t help Smith, who is a California Assembly woman and former member of the school board, according to The New York Times.
While Smith qualifies as moderate with public service experience, Garcia is committed to “cutting taxes, increasing jobs and preventing Sacramento policies from spreading to DC” if elected according to The Post.