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Recount ends: Fox remains winner in 36th Assembly District

Posted: December 20, 2012 3:48 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2012 3:48 p.m.

More than a month after the Nov. 6 election, Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, can finally rest assured that he will remain in office after his opponent halted a recount effort Thursday.

Fox’s opponent in the election to represent the state’s 36th Assembly District, Republican Ron Smith, officially conceded the election Thursday, according to Bill Herms, a spokesman for Fox.

“Now that this largely procedural hurdle has been cleared, I can continue to focus on bringing jobs to the community,” Fox said.

The 36th District includes northern portions of Saugus and Canyon Country.

Smith requested a recount to contest the results in what was one of the state’s closest races. In final results certified by the California Secretary of State’s office, Fox won the election by 145 votes out of more than 130,000 cast in the race.

Fox’s margin of victory in the election actually increased as a result of the recount, according to Herms.

Smith told The Signal last week that he thought there were some improprieties in the election, namely the number of provisional ballots Fox received.

“When I was so far ahead (after Election Day) no one, including the Democratic Party, thought I was going to lose the election,” Smith said. “But the provisional ballots came in so skewed that, mathematically, it didn’t add up.”

Smith did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Fox has already been sworn into the Assembly and sits as the chair of the Select Committee on Community Colleges.




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