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OC Supervisor Race: Andrew Do wins by 43 votes

Republican candidate and attorney Andrew Do, 51, is ahead of Democratic candidate and longtime politician Lou Correa, 57, in the bid for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Republican candidate and attorney Andrew Do, 51, is ahead of Democratic candidate and longtime politician Lou Correa, 57, in the bid for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
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Update Saturday, Jan. 31: Republican candidate Andrew Do, a Vietnamese American politician, was elected Friday by 43 votes to the Orange County Board of Supervisors after a tight race against longtime California lawmaker, Lou Correa. 

The O.C. Registrar of Voters certified the election vote Friday at 8 p.m with a total of 48,626 ballots, a 22.6 percent voter turnout rate.

Correa has five calendar days to request a recount of the vote at his expense. 

Do, whose only elected experience is three years on the Garden Grove City Council, was the former chief of staff for former O.C. Supervisor, Janet Ngyyen. She was elected to the state Senate in November. 

“I just feel like, of all places, this is the place that I think I can make the most contribution in,” Do said on Wednesday. 

His election gives the Board of Supervisors an Asian-American majority for the first time. He also makes it an all-Republican board. 

5:24 p.m. Unofficial final results in the contest for an open seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors give the win to Republican candidate Andrew Do by just 43 votes.

On Friday, the O.C. Registrar of Voters Office counted 765 ballots, according to its website, which kept Do ahead of Democrat candidate state Sen. Lou Correa.

Do has earned 18,905 votes; Correa gathered 18,862 votes. Each has about 39 percent of the vote.
 
The O.C. Registrar will certify the official vote at 8 p.m., after checking to make sure no additional mail ballots have arrived at the office.

Correa said late Friday he has not decided whether to ask for a recount.

A recount, on average, costs about $2,400 a day, said Registrar Neal Kelley. The candidate requesting the recount would have to pay.

A special election was held Tuesday to fill the First District seat on the Board of Supervisors vacated by state Sen. Janet Nugyen. The position represents 613,490 central Orange County residents, the most populated county district.

The race has been suspenseful since Election Night, when just two votes separated the two candidates. The following day, Do jumped ahead by 239 votes but his lead shrank to 85 votes on Thursday.
 
“We tend to have very close races in central Orange County,” Correa said earlier this week. “That’s nothing new.”
 
In 2007, state Sen. Janet Nguyen was elected to the First District seat on the O.C. Board of Supervisors by just seven votes after a recount and judicial review of the vote.  
 
The mayor of Garden Grove Bao Nguyen won his office in November with 15 votes.

Do, 51, was the former chief of staff to Janet Nguyen when she was an O.C. Supervisor. He also served on the Garden Grove City Council from 2008 to 2011.

Correa, 57, was an county supervisor for District One from 2004 to 2006, then resigned after he was elected to the state Senate. He termed out of the Senate last year.

This story has been updated.