Bakersfield attorney Emilio Jesus Huerta has rallied from nearly 600 votes down to take a commanding lead over Fowler Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Parra for the second place spot in the 21st Congressional District, making him the likely challenger to incumbent David Valadao in the November general election.
Huerta, son of United Farm Workers of America co-founder Dolores Huerta, was up more than 1,100 votes on his fellow Democrat as of June 25. The district includes sections of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties. Those counties have until July 7 to certify their primary election results.
Valadao, a Republican from Hanford, won 55 percent of the vote in the June 7 primary. Huerta had 23.3 percent, while Parra won 21.7 percent.
Whichever Democrat advances likely will have a tough time unseating Valadao, who easily dispatched challengers in 2012 and 2014.