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Republican Robert Howell regained the lead in the race for the second spot on the November ballot for insurance commissioner Tuesday, moving 3,314 votes ahead of Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine, six days after trailing by 13,565 votes.

Levine led by 123 votes entering Tuesday’s resumption of counting unprocessed ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

An estimated 171,112 ballots remain unprocessed from the June 7 primary, including 68,500 from San Diego County, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Howell was 31,232 votes ahead of Levine when semiofficial results were released June 8. Levine, D-San Rafael, moved into second June 20, taking a 4,481-vote lead over Howell. He increased his lead to 9,919 votes at the conclusion of last 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 and 480 at the conclusion of Friday’s.

Howell has 1,204,404 votes (18.1%) to 1,201,090 for Levine (18.0%), according to figures released by the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday. Incumbent Democrat Ricardo Lara leads with 2,398,358 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 6,670,956 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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