After polls closed Tuesday night, Republican Mike Garcia jumped out to a strong lead with early mail-in ballots in the 25th District special election to complete the rest of ex-Rep. Katie Hill's term in Congress.
As of this morning, Garcia was up 12 points on Democrat Christy Smith.
"I won't give a victory speech tonight," Garcia said on a conference call with supporters and members of the media. But he added, "it is looking extremely good."
Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith said in a statement it's too early to call the race. Her party has a registration advantage in the north L.A. and eastern Ventura County district, which Hill won by nine points.
With files from LAist.com
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