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Rep. Ami Bera comes in first in 7th Congressional District

Rep. Ami Bera comes in first in 7th Congressional District

 (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)
(Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

U.S. Rep. Ami Bera came out on top in the 7th Congressional District in Tuesday night’s primary.

The Sacramento Democrat received 53.3% of the vote, according to the Secretary of State’s results. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican, received 46.7%. Mail-in and provisional ballots are still being counted.

In May, Bera’s father, Babual Bera, pleaded guilty  to illegally funneling more than a quarter of a million dollars to his son's 2010 and 2012 campaigns.

The congressman has said that neither he nor campaign aides knew of his father’s activities until they were contacted by federal prosecutors. An aide said Ami Bera wrote a check from his political account to the U.S. Treasury on the day of the plea to cover the entire amount identified by prosecutors.

Republicans have pushed Bera to provide more information about what happened, and political observers questioned how the lingering questions might affect voters.

Before Tuesday’s results came in, the second-term congressman said he expected to pull in only 40% of the vote and lose the primary to Scott. He lost the primary in his previous two races, but he won in the general.

“I wouldn’t read too much into the results,” he said by phone. “Historically in the primary, we have fewer younger voters, fewer minority voters.”

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