Despite being behind by more than 6,000 votes, Republican Sunder Ramani will wait for outstanding absentee ballots to be counted before making a decision on conceding the 43rd Assembly District race to Democrat Mike Gatto, a campaign spokesman said.
Gatto won nearly 60% of the vote in Tuesday’s special election to fill the vacant seat until the general election on Nov. 2, according to preliminary results from the Los Angeles County registrar.
But on Wednesday, John Thomas, Ramani’s campaign manager, said he had been notified that at least 5,000 late absentee ballots and an unknown amount of provisional ballots had yet to be counted.
“Before we make any official announcement, we want to make sure all the votes are counted,” Thomas said.
Ramani's campaign has also declined to say whether he will run for the general Nov. 2 election until they have a better handle on the uncounted ballots.
Preliminary totals have the current gap between the two candidates at 6,155 votes, which would likely require that all of the uncounted ballots go for Ramani.