480 Votes Separate Second, Third-Place Insurance Commissioner Candidates

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine holds a 480- vote lead in the race for the second spot on the November ballot for insurance commissioner over Republican Robert Howell entering Monday’s resumption of counting unprocessed ballots.

An estimated 233,639 ballots remain unprocessed from the June 7 primary, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Levine, D-San Rafael, was in third, 31,232 votes behind Howell when semiofficial results were released June 8. Levine moved into second last Monday, taking a 4,481-vote lead over Howell. He increased his lead to 9,919 votes at the conclusion of Tuesday’s count and 13,565 at the conclusion of Wednesday’s.

Howell, a cybersecurity equipment manufacturer, cut the deficit to 12,224 votes at the conclusion of Thursday’s count.

Levine, has 1,194,766 votes (18.1%) to 1,194,286 (18.1%) for Howell, according to figures released by the Secretary of State’s Office Friday. Incumbent Democrat Ricardo Lara leads with 2,385,520 votes (36.0%).

The nine candidates — four Democrats, two Republicans, one candidate each from the Green and Peace and Freedom parties and one no party preference candidate — have received 6,626,561 votes.

County elections officials must report final official results to the Secretary of State by July 8. Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber will certify the results on July 15.

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