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Low looks towards runoff in California Congressional race

It’s official. Evan Low and Joe Simitian officially tied for second place in the 16th District Congressional race in California’s Silicon Valley.

Election officials in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties today certified the election results-paving the way for a rare three-way runoff with former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

“This historically close race shows that every vote really counts,” Low, who would be the first LGBTQ congressperson from the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a statement. “I could not have made it this far without every one of you, and I hope to earn your support once again in November.”

He described himself as honored to win the support of the community.

He finished election night in third by 2 percentage points, but slowly made-up ground as mail in and contested ballots were counted.

Retired Democratic political consultant Bill Wong told AsAmNews that “nothing can be assumed from the primary results as to who would win in November.”

Turnout was extremely low in the primary, but should get a boost in a presidential election.

The candidate with the most votes in November would replace the retiring Anna Eshoo (D).

There are currently 15 Asian Americans currently serving in the House and two in the Senate. In addition, there are one representative and three non-voting members of Pacific Islander descent.

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