Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) declared victory Wednesday after the Associated Press named her the winner of one of the closest congressional races in the nation.
The latest vote count update showed her running about 2,400 votes ahead of military veteran and Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo).
"I am honored to have the privilege to continue serving as Ventura County's congresswoman," Brownley said in a statement issued by her campaign. "This was a hard fought race and I have the utmost respect for Jeff Gorell -- especially for his service to our country."
Gorell said he will wait until more ballots are counted before drawing a conclusion about the contest's outcome.
In one of the biggest surprises of the election, Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) was narrowly trailing Republican dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra in Wednesday's updated tally. Costa had been expected to win handily.
Counties have until Dec. 2 to finish counting ballots in the Nov. 4 election. Losing candidates can ask for a recount but must pay for it in advance and would be reimbursed only if the recount changes the election's outcome.
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