That was the lament of Republican Ron Smith who for nearly a month thought that he had won an Assembly seat in Los Angeles County by a margin of 2,000 votes and was prepared to take his seat at the start of session in Sacramento today. On Sunday, though, he learned that his opponent, Democrat Steve Fox, had picked up enough votes in the count of absentee and provisional ballots to win the election.
Smith plans to seek a recount according to the Sacramento Bee.
"No one, including myself or any consultant, could have conceived that I was over three percentage points ahead after the election … and now the provisionals came in … that it would overturn the (results)," he said. "Mathematically, statistically, that just doesn't happen."