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    CalChamber Advocacy | By Martin Wilson

    California held two runoff special elections on May 12 that produced lopsided wins for the Republican candidates in districts where voter registration, at least on paper, has created a Democratic advantage.

    Mike Garcia of Santa Clarita is the newly minted Republican congressman representing Congressional District 25, which includes portions of Ventura and Los Angeles County.

    Garcia defeated Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith (Santa Clarita) by 17,000 votes, giving him a winning percentage of 54%.

    Garcia succeeds Democrat Katie Hill (Agua Dulce), who resigned the seat amid allegations of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a member of her congressional staff.

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