Congressional candidate Tony Amador thanked his supporters in a concession message posted on Facebook late Thursday. The Republican said his campaign made inroads with independent and Democrat voters, but the number of votes left to count was not enough to make up the gap remaining after San Joaquin County released updated totals earlier in the day.
He challenged Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, who declared victory after the Associated Press called the race after Contra Costa County updated its totals last Friday.
Here’s Amador’s Facebook post, pasted in its entirety:
To all of my relatives, friends and supporters who gave me encouragement, worked and contributed what they could to OUR campaign, financially and otherwise, THANK YOU. There are approximatly 5,700 Provisional ballots which will be counted tomorrow and Saturday if necessary. At this point I am over 4,900 votes behind the incumbent. This race is now over for all practical purposes. At this point I received 54,989 votes to the 59,919 votes for the Congressman, out of the 114,908 votes cast to date in the 9th Congressional District. We knew it would be a challenge as my opponent had a 13% Gerrymandered advantage in registration. This was unlike the evenly divided registration numbers in the district 4 years prior. The incumbent had nearly $ 1,000,000.00 to work with compared to our $ 55,000.00. We did extremly well where we made our presence known, obviously garnering votes from Independents/Decline to state and Democrats also. I believe voters crossed over to vote for me because I ran as an independent “representative” and not as a politician. Evelia and I have no regrets. We are proud of our team who did the best we could. God Bless you all.