Votes from last week’s Election Day are still being counted. The Fresno County Election’s Office updated their numbers on Wednesday, and it showed the race for the 21st Congressional District is getting even tighter.
The race between incumbent Congressman David Valadao and TJ Cox remains heated. There are still thousands of votes to be counted among Kern, Kings, and Tulare county, and 39,000 ballots still need to be counted in Fresno County.
From last Friday, Cox gained more than 3,500 votes, while Valadao got nearly 3,000 more votes. But, Valadao still leads the race in Fresno County with 52% of the votes.
Political analyst Jim Verros stated, “For this to be close, really shouldn’t be a shock to anybody. It’s just that the Congressman [Valadao] has worked so very hard over the past couple of terms in regards to campaigning really listening to his constituents.”
Verros said we shouldn’t forget that Congressional District 21 is primarily Democratic. He said it’s been more of a shock that Valadao has served several terms in such a blue district.
“The Dems right now have voter registration advantages and have had those advantages for a very, very long time,” Verros commented.
Districtwide, Valadao is winning the race with 51.02% of the votes. Cox trails behind with 48.98%.
Neither candidate has conceded the race, and when we reached out to both campaigns, both parties said they are holding on strong.