The U.S. House of Representatives seat in California that a Republican flipped in a special election this week is still considered by Democrats as winnable in November, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.
Navy veteran Mike Garcia shocked some liberals when he won the election by a strong margin over Christy Smith, a state assembly member. They vied for a seat held by Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.), who resigned amid a sex scandal in 2019.
In her first reaction to Garcias win, Pelosi told reporters in Washington that Democrats “intend to win that seat in November,” adding, “We dont see it as any referendum on anything other than its the first time we had vote by mail in the district, almost exclusively.”
Garcia will have to win again because the special election was for the rest of Hills term. Members of the House serve two-year terms.
“Never exclusively because you have to accommodate certain people, but overwhelmingly. No. I wish we had won, but were not, we werent touting that as something that we—were looking to November,” Pelosi said.