GOP’s Duarte takes California Central Valley US House seat

LOS ANGELES – Republican John Duarte defeated Democrat Adam Grey on Friday in a brand new California U.S. House district within the Central Valley farm belt that produced the closest congressional contest within the state this yr.

With nearly all the ballots counted, Duarte has simply over 50% of the vote. Grey conceded in an announcement, saying, “I settle for the outcomes and have known as to congratulate my opponent.”

“This was one of many closest races within the nation. Greater than 130,000 ballots have been forged, and the result shall be determined by just some hundred votes,” Grey mentioned.

Duarte mentioned in an announcement, ““I promised our Valley households that I’d be their bipartisan champion in Washington, D.C. by preventing for meals on our tables, gasoline in our tanks, and water on our farms. That’s precisely what I’m going to go there to do.”

Earlier, Republicans regained management of the House. With Duarte’s victory, Republicans will maintain 221 seats subsequent yr, Democrats 213, with one Colorado race undecided and going to a recount.

The thirteenth District has a distinguished Democratic tilt and a big Latino inhabitants, just like different districts within the sprawling farm belt area. However the probably voters are typically white, older, extra prosperous householders, whereas working-class voters, together with many Latinos, are much less constant in attending to the polls.

That supplied a gap for the GOP, regardless of the 14-point Democratic registration benefit.

Duarte, a businessman and main grape and almond farmer, was the highest finisher within the June main. His priorities included acquiring satisfactory water provides for farmers within the drought-wracked state — a perennial situation within the Central Valley — together with addressing inflation and crime.

Grey is taken into account a reasonable Democratic state legislator. In a area closely depending on agriculture, he’s been essential of state water administration and places water and agriculture on the prime of his points listing. He has additionally burdened his willingness to work throughout social gathering strains, and promised to make enhancements in public security and training.

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