Election 2020: GOP’s Steve Knight endorses Mike Garcia in northern LA County race for Congress

By Ryan Carter at the Los Angeles Daily News

March 11, 2020

Former Congressman Steve Knight has endorsed fellow Republican Mike Garcia, effectively conceding the race for a second spot in the twin May 12 and Nov. 3 runoffs for the hotly contested Congressional District 25 seat — the post Katie Hill departed amid scandal.

“I want to thank everyone who worked on my campaign and all my friends who supported me,” Knight wrote in a Facebook post. “I believe Mike will work hard and be successful in May.”

May 12 is when Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, will face Democrat Christy Smith in a run-off election to complete Hill’s congressional term in the seat, which represents the northern part of L.A. County and parts of Ventura County, including Simi Valley.

Knight, who represented the district before Katie Hill flipped the seat blue in 2018, was running in third place behind Garcia in still-being-counted results from the March 3 special election to fill the term, which ends Jan. 3, 2021, according to the L.A. County Registrar’s unofficial results.

At last check, Smith, state assemblywoman for the overlapping 38th Assembly district, was running in the top spot at 35.43% of the vote, Garcia was in second at 23.42% and Knight was at 17.67%.

“As a veteran, law enforcement officer, and elected official Steve Knight and his family have served our community well for many years, and I’m honored to have his support,” Garcia said in a Wednesday statement.

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