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Cox Picks Up Votes, Shrinks Valadao Lead in Latest Kern County Report



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After a weekend update from Kern County,  incumbent Congressman TJ Cox picked up 723 net votes but still trails David Valadao for the 21st Congressional District seat.

Kern County reported 4,211 votes  in the district breaking 58.6% for Cox (D-Fresno). He now trails Valadao (R-Hanford) by 4,570 votes in the four-county region that comprise the district.

Kern County still has the most votes left to count. GV Wire estimates 40,000 votes still to go. Kern County has been strong for Cox. He won the county 61.2% in 2018. Cox won the 2018 election against then-incumbent Valadao by 862 votes.

Congress 21 Fresno Tulare Kings Kern TOTAL Lead Percentage
Cox 24,560 2,262 15,811 19,180 61,813 48.2%
Valadao 26,101 2,276 25,906 12,100 66,383 4,570 51.8%
Last reported  F, 2:01 p.m.  F, 5:03 p.m.  F, 2:53 p.m.  Sa, 12:56 a.m.

Fresno County is expected to provide its next update on Tuesday afternoon. GV Wire estimates it has 12,000 votes in the district remaining to count.

Kings County has around 1,000 votes remaining, and a few hundred remain in Tulare County.

Kern County  New Votes  For Cox  For Valadao  Difference
               4,211                    2,467                         1,744                          723 For Cox
58.6% 41.4%

Cox Urging Supporters for Donations

Cox delivered a video message on Sunday, congratulating presumptive president-elect Joe Biden and asking for campaign contributions on his own behalf.

“We still need your help today. If you’ve been with me since day one, or are just joining the team now, we still need your help to win,” an email news release from Cox said.  “Please go to and consider sending $10 or $20 our way, so we can pay our staff to make sure every vote is counted.”

Valadao has posted a new message on his Twitter account since Election Day. His campaign declined to provide a new statement.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email