GOP Snags House Seat Held By Democrats for Decades, And It Was a Shocking Upset

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A California congressional district currently represented by a Democrat is sending a Republican to Congress.

Republican John Duarte has been named the official 13th Congressional District winner over Democrat Adam Gray, according to the Associated Press.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Barbara Lee, but its boundaries were shifted in redistricting. Lee was elected in the 12th District.

Gray conceded the Central Valley contest on Friday.

“After weeks of incredibly hard work by our election workers, the result has become clear,” Gray said in a statement, according to the Epoch Times. “While I had hoped for a different outcome, I accept the results and have called to congratulate my opponent, John Duarte.”

“This was one of the closest races in the country,” Gray said, according to the AP. “More than 130,000 ballots were cast, and the outcome will be decided by just a few hundred votes.”

The website Ballotpedia said that 593 votes separated the two candidates.

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