TJ Cox Takes the Lead in Last Contested Congressional Race
Democrat TJ Cox took the lead on Monday over incumbent Republican Congressman David Valadao in California’s 21st Congressional District. The first generation Filipino American now leads by 438 votes. However, the race between the incumbent and Cox, an engineer and businessman, will come down to the wire. Just under 3,000 ballots remain to be counted, specifically in Kern, where Cox has so far secured 61% of the vote. But Kings County -- where Valadao has pulled in 63% of the vote -- still has 1,577 uncounted ballots. “While we have been considered underdogs and counted out, we knew that our message of expanding access to health care, creating good jobs, and improving opportunities for families here in the Central Valley resonated with voters,” Cox said. The race was called by media outlets such as the AP for Valadao on election night, but mail-in ballots swung the vote heavily in Cox’s direction. The next update is slated to come around 4:30P PST today. Stay tuned. More here.