(FreedomJournal.org)- Weeks after election day, California’s House election results are still pouring in, and on Friday it was announced that Republican candidate David Valadao became the third GOP candidate to flip a House seat in California. Valadao successfully flipped the 21st congressional district red, defeating Congressman TJ Cox.
The race was called by the Associated Press on Friday morning, following weeks of delays.
BREAKING: Republican David Valadao wins election to U.S. House in California’s 21st Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. TJ Cox. #APracecall at 10:32 a.m. PST. #Election2020 #CAelection https://t.co/lGfinjTqT4
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 27, 2020
It’s good news for the Republicans, who lost the seat in the 2018 midterms. Democrats famously flipped several Republican seats in California, which many argued was done with the help of ballot harvesting. Valado represented the district between 2013 until 2019, and will again represent the district for another two years.
The results show just how strong Republican turnout was in November 2020, an indication that President Donald Trump was so effective at mobilizing Republican voters that they could overcome ballot harvesting methods used so widely by Democrat campaigns.
DecisionDeskHQ reported that Valadao won by a margin of 1% on Friday morning, with 84,480 votes to the Democrat candidate’s 82,685 votes. It shows just how tight races are becoming, but is a good sign for Republicans who now know it is possible to beat the Democrat machine even when they use controversial vote harvesting tactics.
Valadao accepted his win on Twitter, saying he was honored to receive the support of CA21 voters and that he looks forward to once again representing the Central Valley.
As vote counts come to a close, I am honored to receive the support of #CA21 voters and look forward to returning to Congress to represent the Central Valley. Thank you to those who have worked tirelessly to make the voice of the Valley heard this election! https://t.co/SBzRLq8CS1
— David G. Valadao (@dgvaladao) November 26, 2020
“Thank you to those who have worked tirelessly to make the voice of the Valley heard this election!” he added.