TJ Cox has taken the lead over David Valadao in the the 21st Congressional District following new election updates posted by Kern County late Monday. Cox now leads by 438 votes, according to the California Target Book, which is tracking races.
Cox, a Democrat, has been steadily gaining votes on the three-term incumbent, Valadao, a Republican. If he wins, and the vote count is not yet over, it would be a major upset in a race that was not predicted to be highly competitive.
"It's exciting but not surprising," said Cox spokesman Phil Vander Klay, who noted that late votes were trending in favor of Cox and now seemed to put him on track for victory.