Republicans scored a giant win on Tuesday night time, however you wouldn’t comprehend it from many of the media. Former Navy pilot Mike Garcia flipped a blue congressional seat in California, turning a district purple within the state for the primary time in over 20 years. But, the community newscasts skipped it on Wednesday night time and once more on Thursday morning.
MSNBC previewed the race on Tuesday earlier than the votes got here in (by mail). Prepare dinner Political Report Home Editor Dave Wasserman supplied a backhanded praise to Garcia. After noting that “Hillary Clinton received [the district] by seven” in 2016, Wasserman awkwardly referred to Garcia as a “unicorn,” telling Chuck Todd, “[Republicans] have a unicorn right here in Mike Garcia, who’s a former Navy fighter pilot, who’s the son of a Mexican immigrant. He’s an ideal match for the district.”
The praise apart, it’s reasonably condescending to confer with a successful minority candidate as a legendary 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 close to Los Angeles.”
It was Fox Information host Bret Baier on Wednesday who extra correctly defined the scope of the victory and why it issues:
Republican Mike Garcia received a particular election to fill a congressional seat in California. That, a giant win for the GOP. Garcia a former Navy fight pilot. Democrat Christy Smith conceded a short while in the past as we speak. The seat turned vacant final 12 months after the resignation of Democrat Katie Hill. That is the primary time in additional than twenty years a Republican has captured a Democrat-held seat in blue California.
CNN managed to focus on the massive Republican victory… on-line. Buried on CNN.com was this headline by Chris Cillizza: “Why Tuesday was the most effective day for Home Republicans in a very long time.”
It’s not as if that is some district that journalists can declare they’re unfamiliar with. It’s the previous seat of Democrat Katie Hill. She resigned in 2019 after a intercourse scandal involving harassment, threesomes and a Nazi-era tattoo.
On March 3, 2020, The Washington Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold wrote about how the media fixated on the weirdness of the Hill story:
Within the 122 days since she left workplace, Hill has been one of many media’s favourite interview topics, showing on tv or in print a minimum of 19 instances, or on common, as soon as each 6.four days.
In 2019, it took a number of days for the networks to even cowl Hill’s scandal. ABC, CBS and NBC waited till she was ready to resign to note. However now, regardless of a shock GOP win, the Home district is way much less fascinating.
Transient transcripts of mentions on MSNBC, Fox and PBS might be discovered beneath. Click on “broaden” to learn extra.
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5:43 PM ET
CHUCK TODD: Let’s begin with California. It’s most likely the closest factor we acquired. I noticed a late surge of Dem ballots. So, my California Democratic sources nonetheless assume they lose that seat. However they assume they’ve narrowed the hole. What say you, sir?
DAVE WASSERMAN (Prepare dinner Political Report Home Editor): Nicely, there are two components as to why Republicans may seize a seat that Hillary Clinton received by seven although Trump is so woefully unpopular. The primary is that they have a unicorn right here in Mike Garcia who’s a former Navy fighter pilot, who’s the son of a Mexican immigrant. He’s an ideal match for the district. The opposite is that it is a low turnout, standalone mail poll particular election. And what’s that carried out is it’s skewed the race in direction of longtime residents of this district who are typically older and whiter and extra Republican.
Particular Report With Bret Baier
6:07 PM ET
BRET BAIER: Republican Mike Garcia received a particular election to fill a congressional seat in California. That, a giant win for the GOP. Garcia a former Navy fight pilot. Democrat Christy Smith conceded a short while in the past as we speak. The seat turned vacant final 12 months after the resignation of Democrat Katie Hill. That is the primary time in additional than twenty years a Republican has captured a Democrat-held seat in blue California.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Again on this nation, two states held particular elections for the U.S. Home races on Tuesday. And Republicans received each. In California, Mike Garcia captured what had been a Democratic seat close to Los Angeles. And in Wisconsin, Republican Tom Tiffany simply received a seat in a pro-Trump district.