In both races, Democratic incumbents staved off Republican challengers after finishing behind them on election night, then gradually pulling ahead as election officials continued to count ballots.
On Wednesday, Rep.
And the Associated Press declared Rep.
Ose conceded Wednesday evening and offered congratulations to Bera in a statement released by his campaign.
There was no immediate comment from Costa or Tacherra, who could seek a recount if he is willing to foot the bill. He would be reimbursed if it changed the outcome.
Assuming the results stand, California will have provided a silver lining for Democrats nationally, who lost about 12 seats in the House of Representatives in the Nov. 4 elections and saw
Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, a Democrat, defeated Republican military veteran Paul Chabot for an Inland Empire seat being vacated by Republican Rep.
All four freshman Democrats from California were reelected despite being targeted by national Republicans and their allies in high-spending races. In addition to Bera, Reps.
The Peters and Brownley races had been too close to call on election night, but their respective opponents, businessman Carl DeMaio and Assemblyman
The outstanding ballots were mainly mail ballots that had arrived too late to be counted on election night, along with some so-called provisional ballots that needed to be verified before they could be added to the tally.
State law requires that every valid ballot be counted, and counties have until Dec. 2 to finish the job.
In most cases, these last ballots don't change the election result.