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Richard Bloom's small lead grows over Betsy Butler for Assembly

November 19, 2012 | 10:00 am

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Nearly two weeks after the election, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom’s lead over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey) has grown to 291 votes.

With more than 160,000 votes counted and thousands of provisional ballots still being tallied, the race remains one of the closest in the state.

Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan estimated Friday that there are more than 340,000 ballots that remain to be counted countywide.

Two other Assembly races were deemed close by the secretary of state.

In the 18th Assembly District race between two Democrats, Rob Bonta has a 1,443-vote lead over Abel Guillen with more than 150,000 votes counted.

In the 20th Assembly District race, also between two Democrats, Bill Quirk has a 917-vote lead over Jennifer Ong.

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: Voters cast their ballot at a polling site in South Pasadena on Nov. 6. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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