GOP’s Poythress con­cedes to Ca­ballero in key Se­nate race

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY CRESENCIO RO­DRIGUEZ-DEL­GADO cdel­gado@fres­nobee.com Cresencio Ro­driguezDel­gado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez

A Demo­crat has all but of­fi­cially won what’s con­sid­ered one of the most im­por­tant lo­cal races this elec­tion, as Re­pub­li­can Rob Poythress on Satur­day con­ceded to Demo­crat Anna Ca­ballero in the race for the state Se­nate Dis­trict 12 seat.

With an ac­knowl­edg­ment that there are still

votes left to count – and im­ply­ing most of those votes could likely fa­vor his op­po­nent and flip the red seat – Poythress took to Face­book to let his sup­port­ers know, “It’s ev­i­dent Anna Ca­ballero has won the elec­tion and I would like to con­grat­u­late her.”

Ca­ballero is­sued a state­ment later Satur­day, thank­ing her vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers. “The out­come tells me the mes­sage and vi­sion of our cam­paign was the right one for ru­ral Cal­i­for­nia and the dis­trict’s vot­ers,” she said.

“I will work hard to make sure that the needs and in­ter­ests of ru­ral Cal­i­for­nia on health care ac­cess, ed­u­ca­tion, clean wa­ter and clean air, af­ford­able hous­ing, and agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion are taken se­ri­ously by the leg­is­la­tors and politi­cians in Sacra­mento, most of whom rep­re­sent big cities.”

A for­mer Assem­bly­woman, Ca­ballero led the race with 52 per­cent of the vote to Poythress’ 47 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the Sec­re­tary of State.

Once her vic­tory is sealed, Ca­ballero would give Democrats in the state Leg­is­la­ture a su­per­ma­jor­ity in both houses, just as the state also elected Demo­crat Gavin New­som as gov­er­nor.

With a su­per­ma­jor­ity, Democrats would have the power to over­ride ve­toes without Re­pub­li­can votes.

Re­pub­li­can An­thony Can­nella rep­re­sents Se­nate Dis­trict 12 but is termed out. Se­nate Dis­trict 12 rep­re­sents parts of Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mon­terey, San Ben­ito and Stanis­laus coun­ties.

Poythress said in his mes­sage that he would con­tinue work­ing for res­i­dents in his job as a Madera County Su­per­vi­sor. “We gave it all and left noth­ing on the ta­ble,” he said.

Anna Ca­ballero

Rob Poythress

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