The LA County Recorder just issued official results for the CA-36 race. After counting 10,327 late and provisional ballots, Tea Party candidate Craig Huey advanced his lead over Debra Bowen to over 700 votes.
Craig Huey will advance to the July 12th run off election against Janice Hahn.
UPDATE: Statement from Debra Bowen.
“I’m very humbled by each and every vote that was cast for me in this election, and by the grassroots support I received.
“I’m truly inspired by the 1,100 volunteers and 80 interns – some of whom never worked on a political campaign before and worked tirelessly to make hundreds of thousands of phone calls and knock on thousands of doors. The democratic process is stronger because of their involvement, and I'm certain they will continue to make a difference.
“Since Tuesday’s election, my staff, legal advisors and election experts participated in the ballot review process to ensure a full and fair vote count was conducted. It is clear now that I will not be in the runoff and I congratulate Janice Hahn and Craig Huey.
"I also want to commend the excellent job by Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Dean Logan and the entire team at the Registrar's office in handling the final count so quickly, and for conducting this election so professionally, as is their standard.
“Voters in Congressional District 36 have a very important decision to make on July 12, and I encourage citizens to have their voices heard by voting in the runoff.
“As Secretary of State, I have always implemented a strict policy of not endorsing candidates to avoid even a perception of conflict, and I will continue that policy."
A small editorial comment about Bowen's statement: I know some will be tempted to characterize Debra's last sentence as a slight against Janice.
Debra has refused to endorse any candidate during her time as SOS. She is simply continuing that policy, even though it would be have been politically expedient to do otherwise.
Good for her.
The vote totals were as follows:
JANICE HAHN DEM 15,607 24.62 CRAIG HUEY REP 14,096 22.24 DEBRA BOWEN DEM 13,346 21.05 MARCY WINOGRAD DEM 5,894 9.30 MIKE GIN REP 4,981 7.86 MIKE WEBB REP 3,890 6.14 PATRICK BOBKO REP 2,291 3.61 STEVE COLLETT LIB 891 1.41 STEPHEN EISELE REP 782 1.23 DANIEL H ADLER DEM 355 0.56 MARIA E MONTANO PF 324 0.51 LORAINE GOODWIN DEM 319 0.50 GEORGE NEWBERRY REP 231 0.36 MATTHEW ROOZEE NP 156 0.25 KATHERINE PILOT NP 125 0.20 MICHAEL T CHAMNESS NP 106 0.17