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Nets Yawn as Blue California Is Shocked By Big GOP House Win

by | May 15, 2020

By Scott Whitlock

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.

Republicans scored a big win on Tuesday night, but you wouldn’t know it from most of the media. Former Navy pilot Mike Garcia flipped a blue congressional seat in California, turning a district red in the state for the first time in over 20 years. Yet, the network newscasts skipped it on Wednesday night and again on Thursday morning. 

MSNBC previewed the race on Tuesday before the votes came in (by mail). Cook Political Report House Editor Dave Wasserman offered a backhanded compliment to Garcia. 

After noting that “Hillary Clinton won [the district] by seven” in 2016, Wasserman awkwardly referred to Garcia as a “unicorn,” telling Chuck Todd, “[Republicans] have a unicorn here in Mike Garcia, who is a former Navy fighter pilot, who is the son of a Mexican immigrant. He’s a great fit for the district.”

The compliment aside, it’s rather condescending to refer to a winning minority candidate as a mythical creature. On Wednesday’s PBS NewsHour, host Judy Woodruff managed 14 seconds on Garcia: “In California, Mike Garcia captured what had been a Democratic seat near Los Angeles.”

It was Fox News host Bret Baier on Wednesday who more properly explained the scope of the victory and why it matters:

Republican Mike Garcia won a special election to fill a congressional seat in California. That, a big win for the GOP. Garcia a former Navy combat pilot. Democrat Christy Smith conceded a short time ago today. The seat became vacant last year after the resignation of Democrat Katie Hill. This is the first time in more than two decades a Republican has captured a Democrat-held seat in blue California.

CNN managed to highlight the big Republican victory… online. Buried on CNN.com was this headline by Chris Cillizza: “Why Tuesday was the best day for House Republicans in a long time.”

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