Congressman Ami Bera wins tight race to retain California’s 7th District

Beats Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.

Ami-Bera representative

Rep. Ami Bera, a Democrat, has won a third-term to represent California’s 7th District.

Bera faced tough competition from his Republican rival Scott Jones, a Sacramento County sheriff who has vociferously attacked the immigration policies of President Barack Obama. The election result was last updated on Friday with Bera getting a decisive lead of 2% against Jones, reported Fortune magazine.

The Sacramento-area district is one of the most closely watched elections in the US since the boundaries were drawn in 2012 and each time Bera came out successful but only by a narrow margin.

“It’s been my honor to serve this community, first as a doctor and for these past four years as a member of Congress,” Bera said in a statement.

After conceding defeat, Jones said in a statement that he was proud of his campaign.

“Although there were difficult aspects of the race, I do not regret running and am extremely proud of the campaign that we ran,” Jones said.

Bera’s father was sentenced to a year in prison in August for illegally funding his son’s campaign with close to $270,000, reported the Sacramento Bee. Even though Bera denied knowledge of his father’s activities, his opponent used it as a campaign rhetoric, attacking him for allegedly involving in ‘corruption’.

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