Sunder Ramani on Thursday refused to concede the special election for the 43rd Assembly District to Democrat Mike Gatto, even after elections officials said the total number of uncounted ballots was less than the 6,155-vote gap between the two men.
On Thursday, Monica Flores, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County registrar/recorder said there were about 4,000 uncounted ballots, far less than the current vote difference.
But Ramani dug in his heels, with the Republican's campaign manager contending he had heard figures of uncounted ballots as high as 7,000. Campaign staffers were observing elections officials as the counting took place, said John Thomas.
"We're going to sit tight until we know the total number," he said.
Ballot counting was slated to begin today of the remaining ballots started today, and updated results could take several days, Flores said.
Meanwhile Gatto, accompanied by his wife, Danielle, and his baby daughter, Elliana, was sworn-in Thursday at a Capitol Hill ceremony by Speaker John A. Pérez.