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Westley”s Lead Grows In Controller”s Race

Democratic candidate Steve Westly has increased his lead in the race for state controller.

Election officials say Westly now leads the Republican candidate, state Senator Tom Mc-Clintock, by nearly 33,000 votes. That´s up from about 26,000 votes yesterday.

There are still at least 824,000 absentee, provisional and challenged ballots to be counted statewide.

A Westly victory would give Democrats their first sweep of California statewide offices in more than a century.