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Valadao's Lead Continues to Drop in Rematch With Cox. Kings County Results Delayed.
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 4 years ago on
November 10, 2020

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Republican challenger David Valadao’s lead over Democratic Rep. TJ Cox has slipped after updates from three counties in the 21st Congressional District.

However, results from Kings County will be delayed because of a COVID-19.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Valadao (R-Hanford) leads Cox (D-Fresno) by 4,041 votes, or 51.4% to 48.6%. Although the vote percentages between the two is nearly the same as it was prior to updates in the last 24 hours, Valadao’s lead has been trimmed from the 4,570 vote advantage he had on Monday morning.

Congress 21 Fresno Tulare Kings Kern TOTAL Lead Percentage
Cox (D) 27,528 2,532 15,811 22,286 68,157 48.6%
Valadao (R) 29,212 2,534 25,906 14,546 72,198         4,041 51.4%
Last reported  Tu, 1:45 p.m.  M, 5:26 p.m.  F, 2:53 p.m.  Tu, 1:11 p.m.
Estimated remainder in CD 21                       815                        420                         1,529                    34,500

Kings County Reports Delay

Kings County has an estimated 1,529 ballots remaining to be counted. However, canvassing has been suspended until Saturday because of COVID-19.

“The Kings County Elections Department will be temporarily closed due to a COVID-19 exposure. As a precautionary measure, all Election canvass operations will cease effective immediately. The canvass activities will resume on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM and will continue until the canvass is completed,” the county election website says.

Kings County has been Valadao’s strongest, garnering 62.1% of the votes so far.

Cox Gains in Kern, Tulare; Valadao Gains in Fresno

Kern County reported 5,552 new votes on Tuesday afternoon, breaking 55.9% in Cox’s favor for a net gain of 660.

Kern  County  New Votes  For Cox  For Valadao  Difference
               5,552                    3,106                         2,446                          660 for Cox
55.9% 44.1%

Fresno County added 6,079 votes to their count on Tuesday afternoon, breaking 51.2% for Valadao for a net gain of 143 votes.

Fresno  County  New Votes  For Cox  For Valadao  Difference
               6,079                    2,968                         3,111                          143 for Valadao

Tulare County counted 528 additional votes, breaking 51.1% for Cox, or a net gain of 12. He now leads in that county by two votes.

Tulare County  New Votes  For Cox  For Valadao  Difference
                  528                        270                             258                            12 for Cox
51.1% 48.9%

Each county must certify vote totals by Dec. 3.

Cox Hosting “Ballot Cure” Event

The Fresno County Democratic Party announced it will engage in a “ballot cure canvass” this Saturday in Selma. There will also be similar event in Bakersfield on Sunday.

Ballots with signature that don’t match voter registration files or if a voter forgot to sign the ballot altogether, have until Dec. 1 to contact a county election office to fix the problem.

Cox’s campaign did not have an immediate answer when asked what exactly this weekend’s event entails.

[Update, 11/10/2020 4 p.m.: the estimated remaining votes in Fresno County has been revised to 815 based on the reported remainder of total votes in the county.]

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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