By PE Politics
on July 22, 2010 9:34 AM

Assemblywoman Mary Salas has conceded defeat in the extremely close Democratic primary for California’s 40th Senate District, which includes part of Riverside County, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported today.

Former Assemblyman Juan Vargas, who led Salas by 22 votes, picked up several more in a recount requested — and paid for — by Salas in certain precincts in San Diego and Riverside counties.

Salas called off the recount Wednesday and called to congratulate Vargas, according to the Union-Tribune.

Riverside County spokesman Ray Smith said today that the Salas campaign called the registrar of voters about 7 p.m. Wednesday to call off the recount. The Salas campaign paid $6,000 for the Riverside County portion of the recount, Smith said.

Salas narrowly beat Vargas in the district’s Riverside County portion. She supported a lawsuit earlier this month seeking the counting of 12,563 county mail ballots that had been found in a post office the day after the election.

A Riverside County judge ordered the ballots counted. But they did nothing to cut into Vargas’ overall lead.