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Levine widens lead in Assembly race

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Assemblyman Mike Allen, San Rafael City Councilman Marc Levine, also a Democrat, has strengthened his lead.

But Allen is not conceding the race, despite Levine’s declaration of victory and the consistent lead he’s held since Election Day.

Allen, Levine.

“For almost a year, we’ve been encouraging people to get out and vote, so we want to wait until they’re all counted,” Allen said in an interview on Saturday.

On Friday, Levine held 81,680 votes, or 51 percent of the vote, compared to Allen’s 78,590, which represent 49 percent of the vote, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

Marin County officials have updated their numbers as they counted provisional and absentee ballots, and those totals increased Levine’s lead to 3,090 votes, compared to a lead of 1,663 the day after the Nov. 6th election. But as many as 15,000 of Sonoma County’s uncounted ballots could contain votes in the Assembly race, the county’s elections chief Janice Atkinson has said.

“That was anticipated, that he would stay even down there or lengthen his lead out there,” Allen said. “If anything is going to improve for us, it’s going to be with the Sonoma County vote.”





16 Responses to “Levine widens lead in Assembly race”

  1. Caller says:

    @Reality Check – Wrong, they’re still in several parts of the country.

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  2. Reality Check says:

    The rest of the country, in fact, the rest of the world counts ballots in hours or a few days at the most. California, the high-tech capital of the world, takes a month. Yep, it all makes sense.

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  3. Jean Anderson says:

    Sometimes conting votes takes time.

    But the ignorance of anyone who is against Voter ID laws is more than astounding. It shows they really do not care about honest elections.

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  4. Dick Tracy says:

    @Robert
    Everyone was something else before they ran for office. Does everyone have a conflict of interest? (I suppose Marc Levine comes closest to being your ideal, having a scant year on the San Rafael City Council.)

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  5. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    The ignorance on these blogs is astounding. People blather about things they know nothing about and care not to learn anything about. They blather about voter fraud.

    The reason it takes so long to count those absentee ballots is that each and everyone one of them has to be VETTED. You know, checked to make sure they are valid. Our registrars office does a very good job.

    Thanks Clayton. You are one smart dude.

    Vinyl Rules-the residents of this county will be really sorry they voted for Levine and so will Marin. He will be out in two years. I’m still hoping for Michael to pull ahead.

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  6. Robert says:

    There is a conflict of interest when a former Union Attoney is elected to our Assembly or Senate. Obvious bias favoring public employees and union members. The public pension crisis is a perfect example of liberal minded government leadership. We need fiscal responsibility. Moderation is the answer. Hopefully Marc Levine will provide that type of leadership.

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  7. Snarky says:

    When will the Press Democrat IDENTIFY the local cops who were involved in the illegal mailing of that election material against Gary Wysocky which resulted in an investigation and fine ??????

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  8. David says:

    If Allen doesn’t manage to somehow steal this election, I hope Levine realizes that Republicans and moderate Democrats put him in office. If he doesn’t stay in the middle, he will lose the next election to a more moderate Democrat. The upside to the top 2 vote getters in the primary running in the the “finals” is that Republicans voters can force the Democrats to the middle.

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  9. Bipedial says:

    Concede man, concede! you are embarrassing your local union base.

    Finally the tax payers go in strike!

    This is a victory for every tax payer who has been force fed the union leadership agenda and the liberal drip via incompetent leaders like this.

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  10. Critic at Large says:

    David, so true. That is democrat politics, Sonoma County style.

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  11. Vinyl Rules says:

    Levine is so in over his head. He owes Western Growers big, and I’m sure they intend to collect.

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  12. hannnon sutro jr says:

    Can’t wait until Allen’s phony smile gets wiped off his face…..

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  13. Clayton Mitchell says:

    Yes, Dick Tracy, it is. Janice does an excellent job and runs a tight ship.

    There is a difference in procedure between the two counties- in Marin, they give updates as they go, and in Sonoma, they count everything that is outstanding and then give a final, certified total.

    Also, Marin has significantly fewer residents than Sonoma County does.

    I am happy to be patient to ensure that it gets done properly. While it would be nice to have updates, really at this point all that matters is the final certified total.

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  14. Steveguy says:

    How hard it be to count some thousands of ballots ? I am sure that there are multiple ways to expedite the counting.

    They hire ” consultants” –read ‘campaign contributors’– to do meaningless things. Maybe hire a voting efficiency consultant ?

    I actually believe that with maybe 50 Boy Scouts and some adult teamwork, it would get done real fast.

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  15. David says:

    Sonoma County is waiting for Marin County to finish counting. They need to know how many votes are needed to insure Allen is the winner.

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  16. Dick Tracy says:

    Is it too much to ask Janice Atkinson to get busy and count those votes?

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