Knight wins, emerges from opponent’s “smoke screen” campaign

Steve Knight speaks at Robinson Ranch Golf Club on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Dan Watson/the Signal

After a night of beating his opponent at the polls, incumbent Republican Steve Knight is delivering doughnuts this morning to his staff.

“I’ll be delivering doughnuts and picking up signs,” Knight told The Signal Wednesday having defeated Democrat challenger Bryan Caforio 94,552 votes to 79,533 as of this 8 a.m.

“The Dems spent $5 million in a campaign against me,” he said. “They brought up issues we’ve been working on.

“They were trying to put up a smoke screen and I think the voters saw through it,” he said.

Early in last night’s race Knight was solidly ahead in his bid to win a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives as he battled Caforio in their contentious race for the 25th District seat, according to early-morning Wednesday vote counting.

While Hillary Clinton appeared to have won California’s 55 electoral votes in the presidential election, Knight joined with several other Republican candidates at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita for what was looking more and more like a GOP romp on the local level.
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