Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race

Rep. David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — The political currents that will drive the shutdown showdown Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race News media shapes election night perceptions, says Hill reporter MORE (R-Ca.) officially conceded the race to Democrat T.J. Cox in California's 21st District Thursday, a month after the midterm election.

Valadao, who is serving his third term, called T.J. Cox to congratulate him in a race that had initially been called for the incumbent.

"Despite the outcome of this election, we must remain deliberate in our efforts to improve our community," Valadao wrote in his concession statement. "There is always work to be completed and I can't wait to see what else our community can accomplish." 

AP retracted its call for Valadao in late November after a batch of outstanding ballots gave Cox a 506 vote lead. Cox declared victory shortly after.

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Valadao held a 4,400 votes lead on Nov. 6, but that advantage was erased as provisional and mail-in ballots continued to be counted weeks after the midterm elections.

Cox's victory would mean a 40-seat gain for Democrats in the House, with North Carolina's 9th District still to be called amid voter fraud allegations.

Cox, a Democratic businessman, was initially running in California’s 10th District against Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamCrazy California an outlier? No, we are the canary in the coal mine Polling editor says news outlets should be more cautious calling elections Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race MORE (R-Calif.), but the House Democrats’ campaign arm convinced Cox to challenge Valadao instead.