How Republicans Took Back a House Seat in California

Mike Garcia (Campaign image via Facebook)
A GOP candidate straight out of central casting won big in last week’s special election. Can he do it again in November?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A  few months ago, not many political analysts thought the Republicans had a shot at winning back the House seat that Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill vacated in November following a sex scandal. The district swung toward Democrats in recent years, the Democrats were united behind a candidate, and Republicans were divided.

But the district’s new Republican congressman, Mike Garcia — a 44-year-old former Navy pilot who flew more than 30 combat missions in the second Iraq war — knows a thing or two about catching others by surprise. “Sometimes being under the radar is the best way to get to the target