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OffbeatRep. Valadao officially concedes in California race

01:15  07 december  2018
01:15  07 december  2018 Source:   thehill.com

David Valadao headed for defeat to complete House Democrats' California landslide

David Valadao headed for defeat to complete House Democrats' California landslide Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., was on the brink of defeat Monday, the victim of smart political maneuvering by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and President Trump’s relentless effort to curtail legal immigration. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Three weeks after the midterm elections, ballots were still being counted in California’s 21st Congressional District.

^ "TJ Cox defeats California Rep . David Valadao , Democrats flip 40 in the House". The Washington Examiner. 2018-11-28. Retrieved 2018-11-28. "Democrats Find Relief in California House Race Results".

David Goncalves Valadao /ˌvæləˈdeɪoʊ/ (born April 14, 1977) is an American politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives

Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race© Greg Nash Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race Rep. David Valadao (R-Ca.) officially conceded the race to Democrat T.J. Cox in California's 21st District Thursday, a month after the midterm election.

Valadao, who is serving his third term, called T.J. Cox to congratulate him in a race that had initially been called for the incumbent.

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

AP retracted its call for Valadao in late November after a batch of outstanding ballots gave Cox a 506 vote lead. Cox declared victory shortly after.

Valadao held a 4,400 votes lead on Nov. 6, but that advantage was erased as provisional and mail-in ballots continued to be counted weeks after the midterm elections.

Cox's victory would mean a 40-seat gain for Democrats in the House, with North Carolina's 9th District still to be called amid voter fraud allegations.

Cox, a Democratic businessman, was initially running in California's 10th District against Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), but the House Democrats' campaign arm convinced Cox to challenge Valadao instead.

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