Democrat Takes Lead in 7th Contested California Race
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Democrats inched closer to sweeping all seven competitive congressional districts in California on Monday, as Democrat T.J. Cox took the lead over Republican incumbent David Valadao in the Central Valley’s 21st Congressional District.
According to the latest count, Cox took the lead after an additional 1,883 votes were counted from Kern County. Of that, 1,384 went to Cox and 499 votes were for Valadao – giving the Democrat a lead of 438 votes.
It’s a stunning development in a race that The Associated Press and the major television networks all called for Valadao on election night.
“There are still many votes to be counted and each voter deserves to have their voice heard,” Cox said on Twitter on Monday evening. “I’m incredibly grateful and humbled by your support.”