Offbeat: Republican David Valadao concedes in California, giving Democrats a net gain of 40 seats in the House - - PressFrom - US
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OffbeatRepublican David Valadao concedes in California, giving Democrats a net gain of 40 seats in the House

03:05  07 december  2018
03:05  07 december  2018 Source:   cnn.com

House race in California called into question after previously being called for incumbent GOP rep

House race in California called into question after previously being called for incumbent GOP rep A House race in California that was previously called in favor of Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) has been called into question, with Democrat T.J. Cox pulling ahead Monday in the vote count. The Associated Press on Monday said it was retracting its call in the race after previously declaring that Valadao had been reelected. "No new call will be made until the results are certified," the AP wrote in a tweet. The AP is retracting its call in the race for California's 21st Congressional District. The AP had declared Republican David Valadao the winner. However, Democrat T.J. Cox has taken the lead in the vote count.

Republican Rep. David Valadao conceded to Democrat TJ Cox in the race for California 's 21st District on Thursday, giving the Democratic Party a net gain of 40 seats in the US House of Representatives.

David Valadao on Wednesday, giving Democrats a gain of seven House seats in California and 40 nationwide — the party’s strongest midterm showing since the Watergate era in the mid-1970s. Cox clinched his victory more than three weeks after election day, when updated results from Fresno and.

Republican David Valadao concedes in California, giving Democrats a net gain of 40 seats in the House© Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 26: Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. David Valadao conceded to Democrat TJ Cox in the race for California's 21st District on Thursday, giving the Democratic Party a net gain of 40 seats in the US House of Representatives.

In a statement, Valadao thanked his supporters and said it had been an "honor of a lifetime" to serve his constituents in California.

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LOS ANGELES — It seemed that things could hardly get much worse for California Republicans . But on Thursday, the party conceded a seventh congressional seat in California , as Democrats completed a clean sweep of all the Republican -held seats in California districts where Hillary Clinton

A three-term Republican congressman conceded defeat on Thursday in a close race in California , giving the Democrats a total of 235 seats in the US House of Representatives. Republican David Valadao , who was first elected to the House from California 's 21st Congressional District in 2012

"There is no doubt we are disappointed in the results but we can take pride in knowing that we brought about real, tangible change," Valadao said in the statement. "We have reduced taxes for middle class families, made huge strides in our battle 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."

Several national news outlets, including CNN, had previously projected the race for Valadao. However, vote reports after election night tightened the margin significantly and eventually put Cox in the lead.

Of all the California GOP members up for re-election in districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, Valadao was viewed as the congressman with the best chance of holding his seat.

Democrat TJ Cox increases lead over Rep. David Valadao in last remaining House race

Democrat TJ Cox increases lead over Rep. David Valadao in last remaining House race LOS ANGELES - Democrat TJ Cox increased his narrow lead over Republican Rep. David Valadao on Wednesday in the country's last undecided congressional race. After the latest update from Kings County, home to just under a quarter of the registered voters in California's 21st District, the three-term incumbent from Hanford trailed by 506 votes. At the start of the day, Valadao was behind by 436. A key development in the neck-and-neck contest will come later Wednesday afternoon, when Fresno County - with a third of the district's registered voters - releases another vote count.

David Valadao , R-Calif., conceded to Democrat TJ Cox in a hotly contested House race Thursday in another blow for California Republicans . Valadao 's defeat gives Democrats a 40 - seat net gain in the House . Cox defeated Valadao by around 1,000 votes, with 50.3 percent of the vote to Valadao 's

David Valadao on Wednesday, giving Democrats a gain of seven House seats in California and 40 nationwide — the party’s strongest midterm showing since The pattern is a familiar one in California , where Republicans tend to vote early and Democrats later; ballots postmarked on election day are

The son of an immigrant from the Azores Islands in Portugal, Valadao has deep roots in the Central Valley, where his family owns several dairies.

He often differed with President Donald Trump on immigration policies -- a reflection of the predominantly Latino makeup of his district. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he had skillfully tended to the needs of his district by getting funding for projects back home.

But ultimately businessman Cox prevailed, giving Democrats a net gain of seven Republican-held districts in California.

Trump's harsh immigration rhetoric, his trade policies that threatened Central Valley farmers and the distaste for the Republican tax bill in California, which Valadao supported, ended up being too much of a drag on the Central Valley congressman.

While Cox was ultimately able to stay competitive in fundraising during his race against Valadao, he was hardly viewed as one of the Democrats' strongest contenders at the outset.

The engineer founded several companies that process nuts, a major export from the Central Valley. He had run for Congress in 2006 and lost by double digits.

In a statement on his victory, Cox thanked his family and volunteers.

"Even when the outlook may have seemed dim, they never gave up. This campaign was fueled by their energy and passion to make a positive difference in lives of the hard-working people here in the Central Valley," Cox said. "Voters across the district resonated with our message of expanding health care, creating good jobs, and fighting for our families' futures."

Cox founded and is the president of the Central Valley New Market Tax Credit Fund, which raises money for projects in lower income neighborhoods.

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