Trump congratulates California Republican for 'taking back a seat from the Democrats' in uncalled race

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE on Wednesday cheered GOP congressional candidate Mike Garcia's performance in a California special election, declaring him the winner before the race had been officially called.

"Big Congressional win in California for Mike Garcia, taking back a seat from the Democrats. This is the first time in many years that a California Dem seat has flipped back to a Republican," Trump tweeted.

The president also highlighted Republican Tom Tiffany's win in a Wisconsin special election on Tuesday.

The race in California's 25th Congressional District had not yet been called as of Wednesday morning, though Garcia, a former fighter pilot, had a sizable lead. He led by roughly 12 percentage points over Democrat Christy Smith with about 76 percent of precincts reporting.


The election was held mostly by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it may be days before a winner is decided. Mail-in ballots need only be postmarked by Tuesday to be counted. The final day for election officials to receive ballots is Friday.

Should Garcia prevail, it would be the first time since 1998 that Republicans flipped a Democratic-held House seat in California. Former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillKatie Hill to launch 'Naked Politics' podcast Katie Hill claims hackers used government account to accuse her of 'workplace abuse' Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta endorses California Democratic House challenger MORE (D) represented the district until her resignation last year.

Garcia and Smith are expected to face off again in November, when a full two-year term will be at stake.

Republicans are likely to herald Garcia's special election victory should he hold on as a sign the party remains strong in suburban areas heading into the 2020 elections.

Democrats have a roughly 28,000-person advantage over Republicans in voter registration in the California district, and then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report The Hill's Campaign Report: What the latest polling says about the presidential race | Supreme Court shoots down GOP attempt to block NC mail ballot extension MORE beat Trump there in 2016 by nearly 7 points.