Orange County GOP senator ends recount in loss to Democrat

Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley says supporters of the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to the California Legislature have dropped their recount bid more than a week after her successor was sworn into office. Former Republican state senator Janet Nguyen's campaign ended the partial recount in the 34th Senate District after two days.

Kelley says the review of about 8,000 provisional ballots in 13 precincts where Democrat Tom Umberg did particularly well didn’t change any votes. Umberg won by 3,089 votes of about 267,000 cast in the traditionally Republican district.

The partial recount cost the Orange County Republican Party $9,400.

Umberg was sworn into the state Senate last week, helping give Democrats a 29-11 supermajority.

Nguyen's campaign declined comment and Umberg didn’t respond to a request for comment on the end of the recount.

Umberg is a former state assemblyman who served as deputy drug czar under President Bill Clinton.


Dawn Kamber