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Assemblywoman Young Kim concedes in Orange County race against Sharon Quirk-Silva

Sharon Quirk-Silva, left, in 2014, and Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) at the state Capitol. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press; Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Sharon Quirk-Silva, left, in 2014, and Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) at the state Capitol. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press; Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

In the close race for the 65th Assembly District, Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) has conceded to Sharon Quirk-Silva, according to a statement released by Kim Thursday evening.

Kim said she called Quirk-Silva Thursday to congratulate her.

"As our area faces some serious challenges in the weeks and months ahead, I will keep Sharon Quirk-Silva in my prayers that...she will have the knowledge and judgment to be the leader our area deserves."

The closely watched race drew millions of dollars in spending from both parties and helped Democrats secure a supermajority in the Assembly.

Quirk-Silva declared victory Wednesday, after her election night lead grew by nearly 3,000 votes as absentee ballots were counted. As of Thursday evening, that lead had grown to more than 6,600 votes, or 5 percentage points, according to the latest vote count with the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

The Associated Press called the race in Quirk-Silva's favor Thursday.

Kim thanked her campaign staff and volunteers, saying the result was "obviously disappointing."

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