July 22, 2010 (San Diego) – The recount has ended in the 40th State Senate Democratic primary race with Vargas ahead by a total of 26 votes. He picked up three votes in Riverside County and one in San Diego County, where challenges included a military ballot sent from overseas.
The recount in the two counties was paid for by the Salas campaign. Under California law, a candidate has the right to stop the count at any point but if the outcome has changed then all votes must be counted. Last night, about half of the votes in San Diego had been tallied, when Salas called Vargas to concede.
"Today we celebrate. Tomorrow we begin the fight to reform California government," Vargas said. "I’m running for the State Senate because we need bold leadership and new ideas to reform our state, reduce the power of special interests, promote job creation, improve education, reduce crime and stand up for ordinary citizens."
Vargas, the victor, will face Republican Brian Hendry in the November general election in the heavily Democratic district, which also includes portions of Imperial County. The winner will replace Senator Denise Ducheny, who leaves office due to term limits.