Bera Outpaced Grant, Barash in Total Primary Votes For 7th Congressional District Primary Race

June 22, 2018 |  

With only 4,620 votes left to tabulate, the most recent results from the Sacramento County Board of Elections show Congressman Dr. Ami Bera maintaining a lead over the cumulative votes received by his two Republican rivals.

Off the 162,404 votes cast in the race for California's 7th congressional district, the Democratic incumbent Bera has so far captured 83,861 votes for 51.6-percent of the total. The two other major rivals in the five-candidate field, Republicans Dr. Yona Barash, and Andrew Grant drew 13.9 and 31.1 percent of the total vote respectively.

The results are encouraging for Bera given he received over 51-percent of the vote in an election that most political analysts acknowledge draws fewer liberal and Democratic voters. The combination of votes from Barash and Grant totaled 73,356 for 45.1-percent of the total.

In the 2016 primary, Bera received 93,506 votes for 53-percent of the vote over his sole primary challenger, Republican Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones who captured 79,640 votes for 45-percent. Not surprisingly, 2016 saw about 21,000 more votes because it was a presidential election cycle.

When Bera faced Jones in the general election, his gap of victory shrunk to 51-percent to Jones' 48-percent. There was a total of 317,587 votes cast in the general election.

In the last several election cycles the 7th has been considered one of the county's most competitive districts. Although Cooks' Political Report continues to classify it as a competitive race, in recent months, it has rated the seat as likely Democratic, its highest rating in this classification.    

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