Politics

Central Valley Democrat Jim Costa retains congressional seat

File: U.S. Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) speaks during a news conference with a bipartisan group of House members outside the U.S. Capitol May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. U.S. Costa has narrowly avoided one of the biggest upsets of the midterm elections, edging out his Republican challenger, dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra.
File: U.S. Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) speaks during a news conference with a bipartisan group of House members outside the U.S. Capitol May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. U.S. Costa has narrowly avoided one of the biggest upsets of the midterm elections, edging out his Republican challenger, dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra.
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Central Valley Democratic Rep. Jim Costa has narrowly avoided one of the biggest upsets of the midterm elections, edging out his Republican challenger, dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra.

Costa won election to a sixth term after the latest ballots were tabulated Wednesday in California's three counties included in the 16th Congressional District — Fresno, Merced and Madera. He was up by about 1,300 votes out of more than 90,000 ballots cast.

The Associated Press called the race for Costa after determining Tacherra could not catch up.

The congressional contest was one of two that remained unresolved more than two weeks after the Nov. 4 general election. Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was clinging to a slight lead in his bid to retain a suburban Sacramento seat.