Republican Robert Howell has narrowed the gap between him and Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine in the race for the second spot on the November ballot for insurance commissioner, trailing by just 480 votes after being 12,224 votes behind at the conclusion of Thursday’s count.

Levine, D-San Rafael, 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 on Friday.

Incumbent Democrat Ricardo Lara leads with 2,385,520 votes (36.0%).

Levine was in third at the conclusion of vote counting June 17, 1,472 votes behind Howell, a cybersecurity equipment manufacturer. Levine moved into second place on Monday, taking a 4,481-vote lead. Levine led by 9,919 votes at the conclusion of Tuesday’s count and 13,565 at the conclusion of Wednesday’s.

Howell led by 28,908 votes at the conclusion of counting June 16.

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

An estimated 233,639 ballots remain unprocessed statewide, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

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

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