The Brian M. Danzl campaign bet $25,000 that a recount would give the longtime community volunteer a seat on the Rancho Cordova City Council.
On Thursday, Danzl and his supporters lost the bet.
Sacramento elections officials, who collected the money up front to conduct the painstaking work this week, announced the results:
Instead of a three-vote loss to candidate Donald Terry in the Nov. 6 election, the recount found Danzl lost by eight.
County Registrar Jill LaVine said the victorious Terry received 7,789 votes in the recount and Danzl received 7,781.
While the recount produced a difference in the vote totals, it didn't affect the outcome of the election.
"I do not have to recertify the election," LaVine said. "The winner is still the winner."
In all, there were four candidates seeking three council seats.
As it happens, Terry was sworn into office Dec. 3, before the recount.
Also sworn in were the top two vote-getters in the City Council race: Councilmen David Sander and Robert McGarvey.
The recount showed Sander received 12,872 votes and McGarvey received 10,487 votes.
Danzl's consultant, Tab Berg, told The Bee that his client's campaign paid for the recount. Because the recount was completed at 1 p.m., elections officials said they would refund some of the $25,000.
Berg added that Danzl is not sorry he spent the money.
"Everyone involved believes the recount was the right and prudent course with such a narrow election one one-hundredth of 1 percent," Berg said.
Late Thursday, Terry said he always believed the county was careful with the results.
"We're thrilled," Terry said, adding, "I wish Brian Danzl the best."