California Republican seeks recount after losing Senate seat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator who narrowly lost her re-election bid is requesting a partial recount of ballots in Orange County.
Former Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen requested the recount on Tuesday, a day after Democrat Tom Umberg was sworn in to replace her. County elections chief Neal Kelley announced the request on Thursday.
A voter in Senate District 34, on behalf of Nguyen, originally requested a complete recount of votes in Orange County, which comprises the vast majority of the district. Kelley says the request was later scaled back to 12 precincts in Santa Ana.
Nguyen lost the district by about 3,100 votes out of 267,000 cast. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
California Republican Party spokesman Matt Fleming says the party wasn’t involved in the request.