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Westley”s Lead Grows In Controller”s Race

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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.