Politics & Elections

It’s over. Recount ends; Umberg is winner

A RECOUNT of the 34th state Senate race ended Monday with no changes in the vote totals or outcome.

It’s over. The recount requested of the 34th state Senate race between incumbent Republican Janet Nguyen and Democratic challenger Tom Umberg ended Monday with no change in the official totals.

Umberg, who was sworn in last week, kept his 3,089-vote edge and finished with 135,062 votes to Nguyen’s 131,973, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. The Nguyen campaign requested a partial recount of certain districts in Santa Ana, but pulled the plug when there was no improvement in the ratio of votes.

“No physical ballots were recounted,” reported the Registar’s office.

The cost of the recount – billed to her campaign – was about $9,400.

It was the first electoral defeat in the political career of Nguyen, who began as a member of the Garden Grove City Council, and then graduated to the Orange County Board of Supervisors and then the state Senate.

It was the first political win for Umberg since he won an Assembly seat in 2004.

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