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Candidate of The Week: Everything you need to know about Mike Garcia (CA-25)

Bio:

  • First-generation American citizen Mike Garcia is a highly decorated United States Naval Officer whose record-setting flying performance earned him the honor of becoming one of the first Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy.
  • He flew over 30 combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom in the skies above Baghdad, Fallujah, and Tikrit.
  • Garcia’s private sector experience includes working for defense contractor Raytheon Technologies, where he directed business development in the company from 2009 to 2018.
  • Garcia received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Race Backdrop:

  • Republican Mike Garcia successfully reclaimed CA’s 25th District for the GOP in a special election.
  • The 25th district was a previously red seat flipped in 2018 by Democrat Katie Hill before a scandal led to her resignation.
  • RESULTS:
    • Mike Garcia: 94,916 votes | 54.87%
    • Christy Smith: 78,056 votes | 45.13%
  • After taking the special election, Rep. Garcia will need to win the general election on November 3rd to keep the seat.
  • This was the first time a CA seat flipped parties since 1988, and the first Democrat-to-GOP flipped seat in a special election since 2011.

Quotes:

“On the heels of Katie Hill, people were looking for strong leadership, someone who is running for the right reasons… a patriot who served his country in combat but also in the business world” – on Neil Cavuto Live

“It was a resounding victory and a loud message to the entire nation.” – Mike Garcia



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