Denham could not be reached for comment before press time Wednesday, Nov. 7.
However, Hernandez said in a prepared statement that he had offered his congratulations to Denham early Wednesday.
“Our campaign started out as an underdog, and unfortunately we came up short,” Hernandez stated. “This morning, I congratulated Congressman Denham and wished him luck in the next Congress. I look forward to continuing to be a part of the conversation of how to address the challenges that face our valley.”
Both candidates raked in millions of dollars, with Denham receiving $2.3 million and spending $2.15 million, while Hernandez received and spent about $1.5 million. Those totals do not include millions of dollars that Republicans and Democrats from outside the district spent on the race.
The 10th District, which includes all of Stanislaus County and parts of southern San Joaquin County, was highly contested by both major parties, as voters in the district are closely split between the two.
Denham previously represented the 19th District, which included east Stanislaus County and parts of Fresno and Madera counties and the counties in the mountain ranges to the east.
Hernandez, a French Camp native who recently moved to Manteca from Texas, regularly sought to inspire voters with his success story of becoming an astronaut after growing up in a farm worker family in southern San Joaquin County.
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