Republican candidate Sunder Ramani on Friday conceded Tuesday’s special election for the 43rd Assembly District to Democrat Mike Gatto, but would not say whether he planned to campaign for November’s general election.
“I wish Mr. Gatto well in his new interim position,” Ramani said in a statement released Friday afternoon. “I hope he will honor his pledge, made as a candidate, to approach our state’s spending and budgetary problems as a fiscal watchdog.”
Ramani’s announcement came after several days of holding out for results from thousands of uncounted ballots, which campaign representatives had said could narrow the 6,155 vote gap between the two candidates.
But Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder officials said only 4,000 absentee and provisional ballots remained uncounted, with the final tally not expected until next week.
Gatto was officially sworn into his new position Thursday in Sacramento. The district encompasses nearly all of Glendale and Burbank, and includes some Los Angeles neighborhoods. He fills the vacancy created after former Assemblyman Paul Krekorian left the position for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council.