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Bloom widens lead over Butler in tight Westside Assembly race

November 23, 2012 |  4:30 pm

In the latest tally of ballots remaining from election day,  Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom widened his lead over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler to 430 votes.

Bloom has 87,270 votes, or 50.12%, to Butler's 86,840, or 49.88%, according to the update provided Friday afternoon by Los Angeles County elections officials.  The next update is scheduled for Monday.

The candidates for the 50th Assembly District on the Westside, both Democrats, are locked in one of the tightest races in California, with the outcome still uncertain more than two weeks after the Nov. 6 general election.

Counties have until Dec 4 to finish tabulating ballots and report results to the secretary of state.   Legislators are to be sworn in Dec. 3, putting extra pressure of election workers to finish the job. 

It was unknown Friday how many ballots remain to be tabulated in this contest.



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Photos: Assembly candidates Betsy Butler and Richard Bloom. Credits: Butler campaign and, for Bloom, Danny Moloshok/Associated Press