Assembly candidate Susan Shelley abandons recount

SACRAMENTO -- Republican Assembly candidate Susan Shelley said Monday that she was calling off a recount from the Nov. 19 election after one day of re-tallying ballots found little difference.

The decision means Democrat Matt Dababneh is the winner of the election in the 45th Assembly District, which extends from the San Fernando Valley to a sliver of Ventura County.

"The recount today confirmed that the optical scanners tallied the votes correctly," Shelley, a Woodland Hills author and publisher, said in a statement.

Dababneh, an Encino resident, is a former aide to Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).

His victory restored a Democratic supermajority in the Assembly, which was built upon last week by the election of Democrat Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.

Dababneh fills a vacancy created when Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield was elected to the Los Angeles City Council during the summer.