CARMICHAEL, CA - The Associated Press has declared Dr. Ami Bera the victor in the contest for California's 7th Congressional District. This news comes following the latest update from the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters.
The AP's declaration comes shortly after Bera's lead over Scott Jones grew to more than 2 percent, with 129,064 votes to 123,056. Prior to the AP's call, CA-07 was one of the last two House races in the entire nation yet to be called.
"It's been my honor to serve this community first as a doctor and for these past four years as a member of Congress,” said Dr. Ami Bera. “I'm incredibly thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who knocked doors and made phone calls during this campaign because they believe in standing up for women’s access to health care, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and ensuring all of our Veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned. After months of a divisive national election, our job now is to bring our country back together.”
With Rep. Bera's victory, he ties the record of the most consecutive terms served by an Indian American in Congress, previously held by Rep. Dalip Singh Saund, who served three terms from 1957-1963.
In both 2012 and 2014, Bera won by 9,191 and 1,455 votes, respectively, after several days of counting.