SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republican Rep. Dan Lungren has conceded in his race with Democratic challenger Ami Bera for a Sacramento-area House seat, a day after the Democrat was declared the winner.
In a statement issued Friday, the nine-term congressman and former state attorney general congratulated Bera, who had 51.1 percent of the vote to Lungren's 48.9 percent in preliminary results.
Lungren said he hopes Bera approaches the job with "a humble heart" and a "desire to perform his duties in the best interest of the people he represents ..."
The veteran lawmaker said he was proud of his accomplishments in Congress, including work on cyber security, human trafficking and levee improvements.
The 7th Congressional District race was among the most expensive House contests in the nation. Outside groups spent more than $8.3 million.