President Donald Trump fumed that a California special congressional election is a “Rigged Election!” because local officials opened an additional polling center to better accommodate voters who do not — or cannot — vote by mail.
With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Garcia led Democratic state Assemblywoman Christy Smith, 56 percent to 44 percent, but The Associated Press had not declared a winner. The special election for the remainder of former Democratic Rep Katie Hill's term in the Southern California district outside Los Angeles was conducted predominantly by mail, and ballots postmarked Tuesday but received by Friday will be counted.
Republican Mike Garcia leads Democrat Christy Smith in the CA-25 special election runoff, but no winner had been declared after counting paused early Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Tom Tiffany will be the next member of Congress from Wisconsin, and there will be a 2018 rematch in NE-02.
“Tonight the Trump-Garcia-McConnell machine showed America that they will continue to deploy their dangerous tactics, buying and lying their way into an election. As we continue to grapple with the local and national affects of the coronavirus, Mike Garcia has fallen in line with Donald Trump in their attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act, putting millions of Americans at risk. I know the Christy will be the voice Congress needs right now to ensure that our workers are safe and our families are secure. This fight in CA25 was never going to be over tonight. Trump, Mike Garcia and the Republicans have been put on notice, and they will do whatever they can do defeat Christy in November. There’s too much at stake, and LA Democrats look forward to the challenge ahead with Christy.”
“The NRCC and the Trump/Mike Garcia Republican Party are nothing if not consistent. Their latest tweet attack and attempt to suppress the vote is so on brand, they’re practically telling on themselves. The reality is, here in LA County and all across the country they are afraid of voters and democracy. Just ask Mitch McConnell - voter suppression is the only way they know they can win. We’re glad to have led the fight to ensure that all Angelenos in CA25 have an opportunity to vote in Tuesday’s Special Election and we’re going to keep making sure voters have that opportunity in November and beyond.”
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“The safety and health of all Californians and Angelenos continues to be a top priority of our elected officials, especially through the leadership of Governor Newsom. With so much uncertainty due to COVID-19 over the next few months, LA County residents should not have to choose between their safety and their right to vote. On behalf of the 2.9 million Democrats, almost a third of the state’s voting base, I applaud the Governor’s decision to ensure that all Californians will be able to vote-by-mail in the upcoming election. I look forward to our party’s continued work to make sure that we’re working with Secretary Padilla, Registrar Dean Logan and the county to ensure a safe and democratic election.”
“For the second time in just a matter of weeks, voters in Congressional District 25 are returning their ballots or headed to voting centers to cast ballots in a Special Election. This is also the second time since the introduction of voting centers that Dean Logan’s Registrar’s office has failed to provide voting locations in areas with a predominantly Black or Latino voting base. Lancaster is the single most diverse part of the district, and yet the nearest voting center is nine miles away. Registrar Logan’s Voting Center placement decisions need to be consistent with our state’s focus on ensuring that every voter has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, register to vote, change their voter registration and more, especially in communities of color. I urge the Registrar’s office to swiftly and safely add a voting location in the Lancaster area for the upcoming Special Election, ensuring that voting equipment is working properly, and that all center workers have PPE and are following proper safety guidelines. The Registrar should also seriously consider building a diverse task force to identify future locations every election and ways to ensure that voters don’t have to worry about how they’re going to participate."
“In the midst of this global pandemic, we’re reminded every day of the work of our nurses, teachers, hotel workers, food and commercial workers and so many more - their work is not just “essential” in this time, but all the time. From ensuring they receive the proper PPE, to fighting for living wages and better healthcare, LA Democrats continue to stand with our workers and Labor Unions this 20th Anniversary of May Day/International Worker’s Day"
“For many around the world, Los Angeles serves as a shining model of a modern, globalized, and multi-cultural society - all of which would not be possible without the contributions of our Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community. Although their rich cultures, traditions, religions, languages, and histories cannot be reduced to mere generalities, what they do share are the ideals of every American alike; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. From South Bay, to the San Gabriel Valley, Koreatown to Long Beach, Los Angeles County is (according to KCET) "the capital of Asian America". This month we celebrate their achievements, history, and more during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
With an immigrant experience dating back all the way to the 1800's, it is important to remember and learn from the challenges overcome by the AAPI community. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to Japanese internment during the Second World War, their perseverance and transcendence to overcome these atrocities continues to give us a sense of hope - that together we can overcome anything.
Today, AAPI’s continue to strengthen the fabric of American society both in their local communities and across the globe. Los Angeles is home to the first statewide AAPI elected official, first AAPI national president of the Screen Actors Guild, first openly-gay AAPI elected official in the county, the first Burmese American elected official in the country, and features the first AAPI majority legislative district in the continental U.S. In spite of this, the racism and xenophobia first experienced by Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants over 150 years ago has not entirely ceased in our society. Donald Trump’s egregious handling of this crisis and insistence to refer to COVID-19 by anything other than "coronavirus," underscores a somber reminder of the prejudice and discrimination that Asian and Pacific Islander Americans continue to face in our country. As Democrats, we are committed to leading and uniting our nation safely through this challenging time, and we are proud of the work of our clubs, like the Stonewall Democratic Club, who have passed resolutions taking a stand against this discrimination.
With the election of new Democratic Central Committee members, we are proud to welcome more AAPI members than ever before, and we are looking forward to working with our leaders to bring attention to one of our most culturally diverse groups in our nation. This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we stand with all Los Angeles Democrats in celebrating the achievements, service, and hard work our AAPI community in ensuring a more diverse Los Angeles. Let us remind ourselves that when we face our challenges together, we are not only stronger, but more whole. In the words of Japanese-American civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyana, a native of San Pedro, California, “we are all a part of one another.”"
California Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the state is mulling ways to make up for lost time and may reopen schools as early as July, even as the nation marks a grim milestone with 1 million known coronavirus cases.