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With many votes still to be counted, Democrat Mike Fong has declared victory in the special primary election for the 49th Assembly District seat left vacant when Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) was appointed an L.A. County Superior Court judge.
Fong, as of Wednesday morning’s semifinal results, had a seemingly insurmountable lead over Republican Burton Brink, having received 23,338 (68.13%) votes to 10,919 (31.87%) for Brink.
A total of 34,362 ballots were processed and counted so far, with 14.37% of registered voters casting ballots.
There were 239,177 registrations in the 60 precincts in the district, which includes 10 cities in the San Gabriel Valley.
The next update on the vote count will be Friday at 4 p.m. There will be another update at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, with the final tally on Thursday, Feb. 24 at noon; the election certification will come that day.
A news release from the Fong camp was sent out late Tuesday night declaring victory, with a statement from Fong.
It read, in part: “The San Gabriel Valley is filled with talent, hope, hard work, untapped opportunity, and dreams for the future. I ran for State Assembly because I want to help our communities by solving problems, both big and small.
“From constituents who need help with state services, to challenges like rising homelessness, climate change, and keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe, I promise to work every day to deliver results for the San Gabriel Valley, and to be a relentless advocate for every person who lives here.”
Fong could not be reached Wednesday for further comment. Brink responded to a telephone call with a text, indicating he has not conceded the race.
“Votes are still being counted and I look forward to all votes being counted before a victor is declared,” he wrote. “It would be unfair to all the voters to make a statement at this time, before their votes are counted.”
Since there were only two candidates in Tuesday’s primary, it rendered the April 19 general election unnecessary and Fong will hold the seat until Dec. 5.
Fong and Brink said during their campaigns that they plan to run in the June primary and November general election for the same seat under the newly drawn district boundaries. The winner of that election would hold the seat until late 2024.
The 10 cities in the 49th Assembly District are Alhambra, Arcadia, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and portions of El Monte, Montebello and South El Monte.