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GOP wins a House seat in the 3rd District

GOP wins a House seat in the 3rd District

GOP Rep. Mike Garcia wins northern L.A. County race, giving Republicans control of the House

California Rep. Mike Garcia easily won the race for the 3rd District in northeastern Los Angeles County, a win that will allow Republicans to pick up a seat in the House of Representatives — the most recent of many such victories for GOP candidates across the spectrum.

Garcia, a 44-year-old attorney, defeated his Democratic opponent, James Wilson, an 18-year veteran of the LAPD, in the heavily Democratic, heavily Latino district. Wilson, a Latino, accused Garcia of voting against immigration reform and “the president no matter what.”

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In this case, the president was himself the beneficiary of many of the same policies that made the district, which covers the city of Long Beach, the most competitive in the nation.

Garcia’s victory was a welcome development for the GOP, whose candidates have been plagued by gaffes and accusations of racism and sexism.

But he also has a personal connection to Latinos. He is a Mexican immigrant — his mother is an immigrant from Mexico — and his father has been a major supporter of immigration reform and of President Obama.

He also is a Republican: He was born in Chicago and grew up in Alhambra, but his family moved to Alhambra after Garcia’s father became a U.S. citizen, and they still own a home in that district.

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Republicans had picked up three House seats from Democrats in the 2010 midterms, and Democrats had only a handful of gains in the midterm election, in districts with large amounts of Hispanic voters.

This time, Garcia — who is not eligible to run for re-election in the GOP primary due to term limits — campaigned against policies that he believes have hurt the country.

According to the Pew Research Center, the district is roughly 70 percent Latino, and Garcia’s defeat of Wilson was a

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