A Korean-American woman who was widely tipped as the winner of the U.S. House of Representatives seat in California's 39th congressional district eventually lost to her Republican rival Gil Cisneros after mail votes were counted on Saturday.
Young Kim had been ahead of Cisneros, who won the mega-million lottery in 2010 and spent heavily on his campaign, by more than two percentage points after ballot counting began on Nov. 6. But after the mail vote count was completed, Cisneros inched ahead to win by just 3,495 votes.
It takes time to count mail votes since the signature on each ballot has to be verified.
"This evening, I called Gil Cisneros to congratulate him and offer him my best wishes in Congress," Kim tweeted. "Both sides worked hard in this campaign, but now it's time to come together and find solutions and opportunities that move our community and country forward."
Earlier, Kim raised suspicions of vote manipulation, accusing Cisneros' campaign workers of threatening vote counters.