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Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) publicly announced his concession at about 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, making Christy Smith the next Assemblywoman of the 38th Assembly District.

“With yesterday’s vote update it has become clear that the voters have spoken,” Acosta said in a Facebook post. “While votes are still being counted the outcome appears set. Last night, I called Christy Smith to congratulate her on her victory.”

The latest ballot counts from both Los Angeles County and Ventura County have Smith ahead of Acosta by 1,718 votes.

“I have just gotten off the phone with Assemblyman Acosta and I would like to thank him for his gracious congratulations to our campaign,” Smith said. “I would also like to thank the countless volunteers who knocked on doors, made phone calls and put us over the edge.”

“We sincerely thank Assemblyman Acosta for his congratulations,” Smith’s campaign manager, Ryan Valencia, said. “We are not celebrating for long as we are too eager to get to work for the constituents of the 38th, who have been deeply impacted by this past week.”

The good news for the Democratic challenger comes after over a week of ballot counting and several local tragedies, including the shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill and the fires flaring up across the state.

“After a week of devastation in our communities, we are reminded of the hard work urgently needed to be done and we are ready to get to work,” Smith said. “Together, I know our community will come out stronger during these trying times.”

Smith’s election flips the 38th Assembly District blue and follows Katie Hill’s election to Congress as the 25th Congressional District’s first Democratic representative. Now, both districts — which have historically been considered Republican strongholds — will be represented by Democratic women for the first time once Smith and Hill assume office.

She will be sworn in as Assemblywoman Christy Smith on Dec. 3.

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Christy Smith elected as 38th District's next Assemblywoman
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Christy Smith elected as 38th District's next Assemblywoman
Assemblymember Dante Acosta publicly announced his concession on Nov. 14, making Christy Smith the next Assemblywoman of the 38th Assembly District.
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Mai Nguyen Do

Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.

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