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Liberatore ends recount bid in inland congressional race

July 16, 2012 | 11:42 am

After workers had tabulated just six precincts, congressional candidate Phil Liberatore called a halt to his recount request, county elections officials said.

Liberatore had come in third in the June 5 primary, behind anti-illegal immigration activist Gregg Imus and Assemblyman Paul Cook. All are Republicans.

Michael J. Scarpello, San Bernardino County registrar of voters, said Liberatore, who was required to pay for the recount, asked to stop it three hours after it began on Friday.  The results had not changed, showing Liberatore with 63 votes before and after the ballots were retallied, Scarpello said.

Liberatore, a businessman who counsels clients with problems with the IRS, came in 240 votes behind second-place finisher Cook, a retired Marine Corps colonel and Vietnam veteran. Under the state's new elections rules, only the first- and second-place finishers in primary races for seats in Congress and the Legislature, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the fall general election.

The 8th Congressional District stretches through parts of three counties but most of the voters live in San Bernardino County.


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Photo: Michael Daniels accepts ballots in Sacramento on June 5. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press