BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Republican David Valadao has declared victory in the race for the 21st Congressional District.
Kern and Kings counties released updated results with the latest figures showing Valadao leading incumbent Democrat Rep. TJ Cox by 1,754 votes.
By 17 News estimates, Kern County election workers still need to count roughly 4,500 ballots from the 21st District. Other counties in the district are nearly finished with their canvasses.
Congressman Cox released the following statement:
“Almost three years ago, I entered this race as an underdog. But we out-worked our opponent and pulled off the most stunning upset in Central Valley history. However, it took a while. 2018 taught us it’s not over until every vote is counted. Taking that lesson to heart, I do not plan to make a statement on the outcome of the election until every vote is counted and we have the final results, certified by all four counties in this district.
Regardless of the final certified results of this election, I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished in two short years. We reached out to every corner of the district and worked to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the Central Valley. The twenty-seven bills we introduced in our first term placed us as one of the most productive and prolific Members of Congress to ever come from the Valley. I fought for water, to expand access to quality affordable healthcare and to protect your Social Security and Medicare benefits. I was a proud yes vote on the Dream Act, which would provide a pathway to legal status for thousands of DREAMers in the Valley. I never forget that I work for the people.
I am also very proud of the campaign we’ve run. We didn’t engage in gutter politics. We took our message directly to the people, many of whom never knew they could have a strong voice in their federal government.
I hope everyone enjoys a safe Thanksgiving. I know this year I’m especially grateful for the love and health of my wife, my mother, and my four kids. I also look forward to Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare Counties finishing and certifying their counts as quickly as possible, because we can’t waste a minute to tackle the big issues facing Central Valley working families and small businesses.”