Hernandez lost to Valadao (in rounded numbers) 58% to 42%.
He won the vote in only one county in the 21st District…Kern County. Hernandez focused the majority of his campaign efforts there. He didn’t have the funds or resources to mount a major campaign throughout the District.
Hernandez told me… he believes his late entry into the race hurt his fundraising and eventual showing on Election Night.
Valadao had a huge advantage in fundraising and received hundreds of thousands of dollars from an outside PAC to launch TV ads against Hernandez.
Hernandez’s 2012 House Election Committee came out of the General Election with a campaign debt of $40,500. Hernandez says more than half of that red ink is from money he lent to his own campaign.
Hernandez is holding a fundraiser tonight (March 14th) in Fresno to help retire that debt and hopefully, start adding to a 2014 campaign war chest.