US House win by ex-combat pilot cements Republican control

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Republican Rep. Mike Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, scored an upset US House win in a strongly Democratic district on Wednesday, handing the GOP control of the chamber and giving the party a rare reason to celebrate in a state dominated by Democrats. The conservative Republican was reelected to a third term in a district that has a 12.5-point Democratic registration edge and was carried by then-presidential candidate Joe Biden by double digits in 2020. It was Garcia’s third consecutive victory over Democrat Christy Smith, a former legislator. Garcia was first elected in a special electio…

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