CONFIRMED: Rep. David Valadao (R) concedes in the race for the 21st Congressional District

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Incumbent David Valadao of the 21st Congressional District has conceded in his race against Democratic challenger TJ Cox.

In a statement issued Thursday, Valadao says he called and congratulated Cox on the win.

This afternoon, David G. Valadao conceded in the race for California’s Twenty First Congressional District.

After calling Mr. Cox to congratulate him on his win, Congressman Valadao, who has represented the 21st Congressional District for three terms, released the following statement:

“Representing the Central Valley in Congress has been the honor of a lifetime. There are truly no words to express how grateful I am to my supporters, neighbors, and all those who make the Central Valley suchan amazing place.

There is no doubt we are disappointed in the results but, we can take pride in knowing that we brought about real, tangible change. We have reduced taxes for middle class families, made huge strides in ourbattle for water, reformed the dairy industry for thousands of California farmers, improved access to healthcare for families throughout the Valley, and given our troops the support they deserve.

Despite the outcome of this election, we must remain deliberate in our efforts to improve our community. There is always work to be completed and I can’t wait to see what else our community can accomplish. 

The Central Valley has always been and will always be my home and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to have served the place I love.”

California counties have finished counting the votes from the November election and at last check, Cox led Valadao by 862 votes.

Cox propelled to the apparent victory, with substantial help from Kern County, where he leads Valadao by 23 percentage points, 61.2 to 38.8 percent.

Valadao once held a lead of 4,500 votes following election night.

The secretary of state’s office to certify the election results December 14.

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