Emilio Huerta drops out of Congressional race against Valadao

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Emilio Huerta has dropped out of the race for the 21st Congressional seat held by Republican David Valadao, leaving the race wide open. 
Huerta announced his decision in a letter to the Fresno Bee, that newspaper reported online Sunday.
Huerta was the best-known candidate challenging Valadao, R-Hanford, in the 2018 midterm election. 
The primary election is in June. 
The two faced off in the general election in 2016.  Huerta was defeated by Valadao by 13 percentage points.
Huerta is an attorney and the son of United Farm Workers icon Dolores Huerta.
Late last month, the LA Times reported Dolores Huerta was actively discouraging candidates from entering the 21st district race challenging her son Emilio Huerta.
In an interview with 17 News, Dolores Huerta adamantly denied the allegations in the story.
According to FEC filings, Huerta had less than $97,000 cash on hand as of the end of 2017, the most recent filing period. 

This paled in comparison to Valadao’s war chest, which at the end of last year was just shy of a million dollars.
Huerta told the Bee he plans to shift his political presence to helping other Democrats in upcoming elections, the paper said. 
17 News has reached out to Huerta for comment, but the call has gone unanswered.

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