During the pandemic, Republicans see a rare political opportunity in California

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Christy Smith and Mike Garcia are seen in photos that appear on their campaign websites in April 2020.

Christy Smith and Mike Garcia are seen in photos that appear on their campaign websites in April 2020.

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There was no such thing as YouTube or Twitter. President Clinton was on the brink of impeachment. Donald Trump was a New York real estate developer, building his first golf course.

The year was 1998, and it was the last time California Republicans managed to flip a congressional seat from blue to red.

After more than two decades of losing, that futility may soon come to an end.

A special election to fill a vacant House seat to the north of Los Angeles is highly competitive, both sides agree, pitting Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith against first-time Republican candidate Mike Garcia.

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