LOS ANGELES (AP) – Democrat T.J. Cox went ahead to the republican representative of EE. US, David Valadao, after an updated count of votes on Monday in a race in the House of Representatives in the Central Valley of California, with more votes to count.
Cox, who lagged late on election night, won 438 votes in the 21st Congressional District that spans four counties in the state's inner agricultural belt.
The Associated Press had declared Valadao the winner, but the votes that have been counted since November 6 narrowed the race steadily, and the AP retracted its call after Cox took the lead.
It is unclear how many votes remain to be counted. The counties have until December 7 to complete their accounts.
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The Democrats have already seized six seats in the House of Representatives of the Republican Party in California, giving another blow to the Republican Party that struggles so much in California. If Cox prevails, the Democrats will have a 46-7 advantage in the nation's largest congressional delegation in the state.
The seat of Valadao and the other six already won by the Democrats are the districts that Hillary Clinton carried out in the presidential contest of 2016. Four of them are partially or totally in Orange County, once a Republican stronghold in Southern California
Valadao led his district by a wide margin in 2016, although the registration numbers favor the Democrats.
Cox made the race a referendum on Valadao's support of President Donald Trump. Valadao, in a council to the large Hispanic population of the district, had promoted his support for a way to keep in the country the people who were illegally brought to the United States as children.
In a statement after taking the initiative, Cox said: "Here in the Central Valley, we often underestimate and discard ourselves."
The Valadao campaign could not be contacted immediately for comment.
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