FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Democrat Adam Gray has conceded in his race against Republican John Duarte for California's 13th Congressional District.
In a statement Friday night, Gray accepted the results of the 2022 midterm elections and congratulates Duarte on his victory.
"This was one of the closest races in the country," Gray says. "To effectively represent us, our elected officials must embrace bipartisan and independence. It takes courage to buck your own party leaders when they are wrong. That is what I have done during my time in the State legislature, and I hope John is ready and willing to do the same for us in Congress."
The 13th district, which was redrawn following the 2020 census, now includes parts of Fresno, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
Just a day before the elections, Gov. Gavin Newsom visited one of Gray's classes at UC Merced with Political Science students.
Gray is a Merced native. Duarte is a farmer and businessman.