Valadao concedes the 21st District congressional race to Cox

FILE- TJ Cox and David Valadao. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

David Valadao conceded the 21st District congressional election to TJ Cox on Thursday afternoon.

Associated Press called Valadao the winner of the race on Election Night, when he appeared to have a clear victory.

But as election officials tallied provisional and mail-in ballots, Cox crept into the lead in the month following the election.

AP later retracted its announcement.

Valadao released the following statement:

“Representing the Central Valley in Congress has been the honor of a lifetime. There are truly no words to express how grateful I am to my supporters, neighbors, and all those who make the Central Valley such an amazing place.
There is no doubt we are disappointed in the results but, we can take pride in knowing that we brought about real, tangible change. 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.
Despite the outcome of this election, we must remain deliberate in our efforts to improve our community. There is always work to be completed and I can’t wait to see what else our community can accomplish.
The Central Valley has always been and will always be my home and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to have served the place I love.”

The California Secretary of State’s office shows Cox winning the contest with 57,239 votes, or 50.4 percent, to Valadao’s 56,377 votes, or 49.6 percent.

Cox declared his victory on Nov. 28.

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