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Levine widens lead in Assembly race

Michael Allen; Marc Levine.

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.

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.

“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.”

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