Assemblyman Chris Norby trails, hopes uncounted ballots turn tide
In his quest for reelection, Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) is down 1,004 votes in the first count of ballots from Tuesday’s election, which could help Democrats gain a supermajority in the lower house. But he cautioned Wednesday that the vote count is not over yet.
Norby estimated there may be as many as 30,000 votes on provisional and absentee ballots that would still need to be counted in the coming days. Still, he is not happy with the initial result, which gives the lead to Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat.
"I’d rather be 1,000 votes ahead than behind," Norby said. "It’s hard to believe that voters really want an absolute one-party domination in the state."
He worries that a Democratic supermajority in the Assembly would create "a flock of rubber stamps" for problematic actions including tax increases. As for his future if he loses the race?
"Doors are closed and others open,’’ he said. "This door is not totally slammed shut, although at this point it is only slightly ajar.’’
--Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton). Credit: Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times.