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Villines pulls ahead for Republican nomination for state insurance commissioner

July 6, 2010 |  7:36 pm

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