Update on 49th Assembly District election shows Mike Fong still well ahead of Burton Brink

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The L.A. County Registrar-Recorder on Friday posted an update on the 49th Assembly District race between Democrat Mike Fong and Republican Burton Brink.

The update included 7,052 more ballots counted since election night Tuesday, bringing the total to 41,414 counted; that is 17.32% of registered voters in the district, which includes 10 San Gabriel Valley cities.

Fong, who has already declared victory, still held a wide margin, tallying 27,631 votes (66.95%) to 13,640 (33.05%) for Brink.

There will be two more updates — on Tuesday and Thursday — and the election is expected to be certified Thursday.

Tuesday’s election was a special primary. Because since Fong and Brink were the only two candidates, the April 19 general election is not necessary, meaning the winner will hold the seat until Dec. 5.

The seat became open when Ed Chau was appointed an L.A. County Superior Court judge by Gov. Gavin Newsom in late November.

There will be a June primary and November general election for the same seat under the newly drawn district boundaries. Fong and Brink said during their campaigns that they intend run.

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.