U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) captured 52.9 percent of the vote in the Congressional District 7 primary Tuesday, more than ten points ahead of Democratic challenger Ami Bera of Elk Grove. The two will head to a long-anticipated matchup in the November election.
"I am humbled that Sacramento County voters have chosen me to move on to the November general election," Lungren said in a released statement. "November’s election is going to be about choices, and for the citizens in the new 7 th District the choices will be clear."
"I am the candidate in the race who believes our economic recovery is linked to supporting policies that create private sector jobs and economic expansion," Lungren added. "My opponent provides voters with an opposite vision for the future, dependent upon more government spending and control over our lives.”
Bera earned 40.7 percent of the vote. Trailing far behind were Curt Taras with 4 percent and Douglas Tuma with 3 percent.
"We always knew this was going to be a close race... but we're going to win in November because we are on the right side of the issues," Bera said at his primary watch party at Woody’s Grill & Bar in Sacramento. "We need leadership to fight everyday for seniors to protect Medicare... we need real leadership in Washington."