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Strickland accepts Jackson’s concession

Posted: December 8, 2008 9:04 p.m.
Updated: December 9, 2008 4:30 a.m.

The final tally in the Strickland-Jackson state senate race will be out today, but Tony Strickland stopped sweating the race almost two weeks ago.

That was when Jackson conceded.

"It shows she is a true statesman. It's not an easy call to make when you concede a race," said Tony Strickland, California state senator for the 19th district.

The Strickland-Jackson race was the most expensive state legislative race in California history, Strickland said. A day after the election, the Senate race between Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Ventura) and Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) for the 19th District remained heatedly undecided. The California Secretary of State's office days after the election confirmed Jackson's slim lead with 50.1 percent of the vote compared to Strickland's 49.9 percent. The difference was just 108 votes.

However, as election officials continued to tally votes, the lead changed. The tally on Nov. 28 showed Strickland with more than a 4,000-vote lead. Jackson conceded and Strickland took the oath of office in Sacramento Dec. 1. He immediately went to work.

"I met with the state department of finance to talk about our bleak budget," Strickland said. A budget deficit may prompt mid-year budget corrections, he said.

Strickland didn't spend all of his first week worrying over the state budget shortfall. He also started to assemble his staff, Strickland said.


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