It ain’t over until it’s over. Maybe.
The hotly-contested race for the 34th state Senate seat between Republican incumbent Janet Nguyen and Democratic challenger Tom Umberg is now going into a partial recount.
The “final” totals from Nov. 6 balloting show Umberg ahead by 135,062 votes (50.6 percent) to 131,973 for Nguyen (49.9 percent).
Most of the district is located in Orange County, and there Nguyen held a tiny two-vote edge – 118,125 to 118,123 – but when the Long Beach vote is added, Umberg goes ahead by 3,089.
The Nguyen campaign has requested a recount, which will begin Monday and run though Friday (Dec. 10-14). According to the Associated Press, the recount will take in 12 Santa Ana precincts and should cost the Nguyen campaign about $10,000.
Umberg was sworn in as the new senator on Tuesday.
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