MODESTO -- Democrat Jose Hernandez conceded today in his race for the 10th Congressional District, which Republican Rep. Jeff Denham appears to have won by nearly an 8 percentage point margin.
Our campaign started out as an underdog and unfortunately we came up short, said Hernandez, a former astronaut and father of five who recently purchased a home in Manteca.
This morning, I congratulated Congressman Denham and wished him luck in the next Congress, Hernandez said in an e-mailed statement early this afternoon. I look forward to continuing to be a part of the conversation of how to address the challenges that face our valley.
I want to thank everyone who supported my campaign and a special thank you to all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly for this campaign knocked on thousands of doors and of made thousands of phone calls on my behalf.
With thousands of mail-in ballots left to count, Denham received 80,885 votes, or 53.8 percent, and Hernandez had 69,336 votes, or 46.2 percent.
The newly redrawn 10th District includes all of Stanislaus County, plus Escalon, Ripon, Manteca and Tracy.
Denham, who moved to Turlock last fall, has been representing the old 19th District, which included eastern Stanislaus and parts of five other counties.
More than $12 million was spent in this race, most of it from nationally run political action committees.