Orange County GOP senator ends recount in loss to Democrat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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.

Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley said Wednesday that 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 did not change any votes. Umberg won by nearly 3,100 votes 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 did not respond to a request for comment.

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