Shelley has until Monday to ask for recount over San Fernando Valley Assembly seat

Matt Dababneh and Susan Shelley

Dababneh and Shelley campaigns

The official canvass shows Democrat Matt Dababneh beat Republican Susan Shelley by 329 votes in a special runoff election to fill a vacancy created when Bob Blumenfield went to the L.A. City Council. Shelley has until Monday to decide whether to ask for a recount.

A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election says she is analyzing the final tally and will decide Monday whether to seek a recount.

The official canvass shows Republican Susan Shelley trailing Democrat Matt Dababneh by 329 votes in last week's election to fill the vacant Assembly District 45 seat. The district includes portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Her deadline to seek a recount normally would be Friday. But county elections officials told her she has until Monday because offices are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Shelley said Friday she is reviewing election data before deciding.

Dababneh's victory would restore Assembly Democrats' two-thirds majority.

Democrats have a 2-to-1 advantage in voter registration, but Shelley did better than expected by making an issue of their supermajority.

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