LOS ANGELES – Republican Rep. Mike Garcia now leads Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith by 405 votes in the race to represent a 25th Congressional District.
Garcia added 18 votes to his lead in Friday’s count. He has 169,464 votes, or 50.1%, while Smith has 169,059, or 49.9%, according to figures released by the Secretary of State’s Office.
An unknown number of ballots remain to be counted in the 25th Congressional District, which stretches from the Antelope Valley into Ventura County. Results of the Nov. 3 election are scheduled to be certified Monday.
Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, led by 387 votes entering Friday’s count. He claimed victory Nov. 20 when he led by 400.
Smith, D-Santa Clarita, took a 1,287-vote lead on Nov. 9 after trailing by 432 votes at the start of that day’s count. Garcia regained the lead Nov. 10, pulling 159 votes ahead and has led at the end of each day’s count since then.
Garcia defeated Smith, 54.86%-45.14%, or 95,667-78,721, in a May 12 special election to fill the final 7 1/2 months of the term of former Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce, who resigned following the online release of salacious photos and allegations of an extramarital affair with a staff member.
The seat had long been held by Republicans until Hill’s 2018 victory over then-Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale.