Gary G Miller
Republican drops recount effort in Inland Empire congressional race

Republican Lesli Gooch halted her bid for a recount in an Inland Empire congressional race in which she placed third, narrowly missing a spot on the fall general election ballot. Gooch finished just 209 votes behind Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, a Democrat, prompting her and supporter John Berry, a Redlands resident and tea party activist, to seek a recount. They identified 186 of the district's 477 precincts that they said would have provided the best chance of changing the election results. But after the first day's recount gave Gooch only one additional vote, she decided to throw in the towel. "I am comfortable that we have done our due diligence for the voters," Gooch said in a...