California’s 25th district special election is the marquee one to watch Tuesday night, though given the close race between the two candidates – Republican Mike Garcia and Democrat Christy Smith – the expectation is that the winner will be declared later in the week. Mail voters had to have their ballot postmarked by Friday, although any ballots received up until Friday will still be counted. CBS News political unit broadcast associate Aaron Navarro reports that Ventura County will begin posting numbers of processed mail ballots at 8 p.m. PT on their website, though any in-person ballots cast Tuesday or mail ballots dropped off will be released Wednesday at 4 p.m. PT. Los Angeles County will be updating their results at 8 p.m. PT, starting with all the early mail ballots. There are nine vote centers and 22 vote-by-mail drop boxes, and turnout so far is at least 33%. Results as of Tuesday afternoon show Garcia with a lead of about 9,500 votes. Garcia is hoping to flip the seat from blue to red, after Democrat Katie Hill took the seat from incumbent Republican Steve Knight in 2018 before she resigned in 2019. If Garcia succeeds, he will be the first Republican to flip a California seat since 1998. One… Read full this story
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