Recount begins in California controller's race

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Updated: 7/11 5:56 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Election officials in two counties have begun counting ballots in the contested race for state controller.

Assemblyman John Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat, requested the recount in Imperial and Kern counties after finishing third in the June 3 primary. Perez was 481 votes behind fellow Democrat Betty Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican, finished first.

It is the first recount in a statewide candidate election in modern California history.

Perez is seeking recounts in 15 counties, a process that could drag on for weeks. There is no deadline for clerks to finish. Perez's campaign must pay the cost.

Friday also is the deadline for Secretary of State Debra Bowen to certify the election results and release the official voter turnout statistics.

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