Republican former Navy fighter pilot Mike Garcia won a closely watched special election in California conducted mostly by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, pulling back into the GOP column a House seat that had been briefly held by a Democrat.

Mr. Garcia had a 12-point lead with 81% of precincts reporting as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press, with some mail-in ballots still uncounted. His opponent, Democratic state Assemblywoman Christy Smith, said the “current tally shows Mike Garcia is the likely…

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