The latest vote count update showed her running about 2,400 votes ahead of military veteran and Assemblyman
"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.
Brownley is the third of four freshman House Democrats from California to have survived strong GOP challenges. Reps.
The fourth, Rep.
In one of the biggest surprises of the election, Rep.
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.