Jones concedes to Ashby in California State Senate District 8 race

Angelique Ashby (left) Defeats Dave Jones for State Senate District 8. |  With this afternoon's vote tallies, Dave Jones has conceded to...

Angelique Ashby (left) Defeats Dave Jones for State Senate District 8. | 

With this afternoon's vote tallies, Dave Jones has conceded to Angelique Ashby in the California State Senate District 8 race.

The tallies released by the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections show Ashby with 115,048 votes for 51.5 percent to Jones' 108,317 votes for 48.5 percent. Countywide there are less than 12,000 uncounted ballots remaining. 

In a statement issued this afternoon, Jones thanked his supporters and said he offered congratulations to Ashby. The statement also noted that $6.8 million in special interest money, which included $1.7 million from Chevron, Valero, Phillips 66, and Marathon, were expended on Ashby's behalf.  

Jones claimed the special interest campaign "was the greatest amount of any legislative race in the state of California and the most spent in a Sacramento County race." 

The statements said:

“Oil industry and other corporate campaign spending in this race have forever changed elections in Sacramento County. There was more spending by corporate special interests–so-called "independent expenditures"–in this State Senate race than in any other district in California. Oil companies and their corporate allies spent $7 million on TV ads and mailers attacking me and supporting Angelique Ashby with no regard for the truth. The ads falsely claimed that I oppose Medicare and that I am beholden to the very special interests that paid for the ads attacking me. The unrestricted ability of special interests to buy elections with lies is the single biggest cause of dysfunction in politics, and it is chipping away at the foundation of our democratic government. Despite these challenges, thousands of people worked incredibly hard to fight back and stand up for the truth, and I am heartened by their commitment to our shared values. I will be forever grateful to our volunteers and supporters who are fighting for people, not special interests, and to the voters who came out to make their voices heard. I know that despite the obstacles, we can make a difference improving the lives of the most vulnerable among us and make California better tomorrow than it is today."

Among the political mailers that affected Jones, one series claimed that he would strip beneficiaries of Medicare. While false, the claim was persuasive and reversed the trend of the election and put Jones on the defensive.

In the June primary, Jones came in first place well ahead of Ashby. The District 8 seat was vacant, and Elk Grove had been represented by Dr. Richard Pan, who was termed out in what was the 6th State Senate District.   

As of this posting, Ashby has not issued a statement. 

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