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Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine is 9,919 votes ahead of Republican Robert Howell Wednesday in the race for the second spot on the November ballot for insurance commissioner, after adding 5,438 votes to his lead in the latest count.

Levine was in third entering Monday’s count, 1,472 votes behind Howell. Levine moved into second Monday, taking a 4,481-vote lead over Howell, a cybersecurity equipment manufacturer. Howell led by 28,908 votes entering Friday’s vote count, 25,401 entering Thursday’s and 13,692 votes entering last Wednesday’s.

Levine, D-San Rafael, has 1,171,080 votes (18.1%) to 1,161,161 (17.9%) for Howell, according to figures released by the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday. Incumbent Democrat Ricardo Lara leads with 2,340,870 votes (36.2%).

Lance Ray Christensen’s lead in the race for the second spot on the November ballot for state superintendent of public instruction grew by 347 votes Tuesday to 35,895. The education policy executive led teacher Ainye E. Long by 35,548 votes entering Tuesday’s count and 36,186 votes entering Monday’s.

Christensen has 707,424 votes (11.7%) to 671,529 (11.1%) for Long. Incumbent Tony K. Thurmond leads the nonpartisan contest with 2,788,994 votes (46.2%).

In the attorney general’s race, former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Nathan Hochman had his lead over fellow Republican Eric Early, an attorney and business owner, increase by 503 votes Tuesday to 112,597. Hochman led by 112,094 votes entering Tuesday’s count, 111,947 votes entering Monday’s, 117,371 entering Friday’s, 115,544 votes entering Thursday’s and 105,897 votes entering last Wednesday’s.

Hochman has 1,200,543 votes (18.0%) to 1,087,946 (16.4%) for Early. Appointed Democratic incumbent Rob Bonta leads with 3,624,623 (54.7%).

An estimated 488,739 ballots remain unprocessed statewide, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

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