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Villines pulls ahead for Republican nomination for state insurance commissioner

Nearly a month after the June 8 primary, the Republican nomination for state insurance commissioner has turned upside down.

In the early vote count, former Assembly GOP Leader Mike Villines of Clovis trailed a political unknown, Department of Insurance attorney Brian FitzGerald, by 11,000 votes. But on Tuesday, Villines held a 13,474-vote lead, according to the unofficial tally kept by the secretary of state’s office.

More than 1.9 million ballots were cast.

“It looks like there’s not enough votes left to count to change the result,” Villines said Tuesday, the final day for counties to count outstanding ballots.

FitzGerald was not yet conceding.

The California secretary of state will certify the official election results by July 16.

-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento
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Villines signed a pledge not to raise taxes and quoted as saying, "no taxes" 16 times in a radio show. he lied and raised the biggest tax increased in the history of California. He should not be the in any public office. Do you trust him being the insurance commissioner? He'll raise you rates for heaven's sake!

Something smells fishy on this vote. I think Villenes lost by hundreds of thousands of votes. It sure is taking a long time to count the votes. I guess someone must be busy making up fake ballots for him so he can win.

This is really something quite revolutionary. I never heard about this anywhere. Though we all can have differing opinion, I must say I am amazed to see this post about with genuine information. Surprised the site is not frozen with comments!


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