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11.29.2018

TJ Cox declares victory in the last undecided House race

The 116th U.S. Congress will include 20 AAPI members -- the most ever.



More than three weeks after election day, we have a winner.

In California's 21st Congressional District, TJ Cox defeated three-term Republican Rep. David Valadao on Wednesday, giving Democrats a gain of seven House seats in the state and 40 nationwide.

Cox is only one of two Filipino Americans currently elected to the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, in New Jersey's 3rd District, Andy Kim became only the second ever Korean American elected to the House. Their victories, along with Michael San Nicolas' victory for Guam's delegate representative, solidifies a historic number of AAPI members in Congress.

The 116th United States Congress will include 20 AAPI members -- the most ever.



The Central Valley race was the country's last remaining undecided congressional contest. Cox trailed Valadao by nearly 44,000 votes on election night. But with every mail-in vote and other ballots finally counted, updated results from Fresno and Kings counties pushed Cox's lead over Valadao to 529.

Don't tell me your vote doesn't count. Every vote counts.

More here: TJ Cox beats Republican Rep. David Valadao to give Democrats gain of 40 House seats, seven in California