LOS ANGELES (AP) – Democrat TJ Cox beats David Repadao, US Republican, after Monday's update of the number of votes in a home race in the Central Valley of California, with more votes to be taken in account.
Cox, who had been hanging out since election night, got 438 votes in the 21st congressional district, which cuts across four counties of the state's inner agricultural belt.
Associated Press had declared Valadao the winner, but the counted votes since Nov. 6 have steadily reduced the race and the AP has retracted after Cox took the lead.
We do not know how many votes are left to count. Counties have until December 7 to complete their accounts.
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Democrats have already seized six seats in the House held by the GOP in California, carrying a new blow to the California Republican party, long in trouble. If Cox wins, Democrats will have a 46-to-7 advantage in the state's largest congressional state delegation.
The seat of Valadao and the other six already won by the Democrats are districts that Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election. Four of them are partially or totally in Orange County, once a Republican stronghold of Southern California.
Valadao took away its district by a wide margin in 2016, even if the registration numbers favor the Democrats.
Cox made the race a referendum on Valadao's support for President Donald Trump. Valadao, echoing the district's strong Hispanic population, had touted his support for a way to keep in the country people illegally brought to the United States while they were children.
In a statement after taking the lead, Cox said, "Here in the Central Valley, we are often underestimated and counted."
The Valadao campaign could not be contacted immediately for a comment.
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