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The Republican candidate who narrowly lost a special election in a Democratic-leaning district has abandoned a recount effort, according to the Los Angeles County clerk's office.

"She called it off," spokeswoman Elizabeth Knox said of Republican Susan Shelley.

Democrat Matt Dababneh, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, on Nov. 19 prevailed by a few hundred votes in a race that saw Shelley stress that a Democratic win would reestablish a two-thirds supermajority for Assembly Democrats. Shelley surprised many observers by making it a close race in a district that skews heavily Democratic.

With Dababneh's win and a subsequent special election victory by Democrat Sebastian Ridley-Thomas in another Los Angeles area district, the Assembly will be operating at full capacity for the start of the legislative session in January. Democrats will have 55 of 80 seats, one more than two-thirds.

PHOTO: Matt Dababneh speaks to supporters on election night, Nov. 19, 2013 in Woodland Hills.. By Richard Salazar.


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