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Republicans on cusp of retaking California US House seat

(AP) — Republicans may be close to ending a 22-year drought in California and reclaiming a U.S. House seat from the Democrats.

GOP candidate Mike Garcia built a 12-point lead in Tuesday’s race for an open House seat north of Los Angeles. An unknown number of ballots remain to be counted.

Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, hasn’t declared victory and his opponent, Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith, hasn’t conceded.

Republicans hold just six of California’s 53 House seats. The last time the party regained a Democratic seat was 1998.

The 25th District seat is empty due to the resignation of freshman Democrat Katie Hill, who quit last year amid an ethics investigation.

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