BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The votes continue to be counted in the 21st Congressional District race between Republican David Valadao and Democratic incumbent Rep. TJ Cox, with Valadao’s lead eroding somewhat.
In the district, Valadao leads with 51.4 percent of the votes while Cox has 48.5 percent. Valadao’s lead has lowered from more than 4,000 votes last week to 3,898 as of today, after the Kern County Elections Office released its latest update today of 19,576 ballots.
Valadao leads throughout the district, but the results from Kern County are boosting Rep. Cox. Numbers from the Kern County Elections Office shows Cox has a 7,740 vote advantage among Kern voters with 60.5 percent of the vote as of today.
Votes continue to be counted as the election saw a surge in voter turnout. The 21st District race was expected to be a close contest.
The 21st Congressional District includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties.