California Democrat Debra Bowen conceded Thursday and congratulated Republican Craig Huey on his moving into the July runoff of the House special election.
Bowen, the California secretary of State, trailed Huey by 206 votes after Tuesday's open primary for the 36th district seat, but refused to concede the race, citing 9,811 outstanding ballots that could have turned the tide.
"Since Tuesday’s election, my staff, legal advisers and election experts participated in the ballot review process to ensure a full and fair vote count was conducted," Bowen said in a statement. "It is clear now that I will not be in the runoff and I congratulate Janice Hahn and Craig Huey."
Huey, a wealthy businessman who put a half-million dollars of his own money into his bid, will join Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn (D), who was the first-place finisher Tuesday, in the July 12 runoff.
Hahn thanked the other candidates on the primary ballot and "congratulated Tea Party candidate" Huey.
“I want to bring the $10 billion per month we are spending in Iraq and Afghanistan home to invest in clean energy and green startup businesses,” Hahn said in a statement. “We have the opportunity to create an entirely new, environmentally-friendly, industry right here in the South Bay, and I don’t want to miss it.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) congratulated Hahn on her primary win.
"She will carry the tradition of excellent public service that was embodied by Congresswoman Jane Harman and she will work to protect Medicare, foster innovation, and on behalf of the number one priority of the American people: creating jobs," Pelosi said in a statement.
Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said he's "confident" Hahn will win the "staunchly Democratic" district.