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Leaders remain the same, but vote margins have widened since Election Day in three of California's most closely watched legislative races, records showed today.

For Democrats to gain a supermajority in the Assembly, Sharon Quirk-Silva must defeat Republican incumbent Chris Norby in Orange County's 65th District, and Rudy Salas must beat Pedro Rios in the 32nd District of Kern and Kings counties.

Quirk-Silva's lead has grown from 1,004 to 1,809 votes with the counting of an unspecified number of absentee and provisional ballots.

With new totals posted by Kern County late Monday afternoon, Salas extended his lead significantly over Rios -- from 268 votes to 2,503 votes.

In a Senate race pitting two incumbent Assembly members, Bill Berryhill's lead over Cathleen Galgiani has risen slightly, from 3,988 to 4,812 votes. Berryhill is a Republican, Galgiani a Democrat. Both live in Stockton.

The number of absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be counted was not available. Counties have about a month from Election Day to complete their tallies.

In two same-party Assembly races, featuring Democrats, Richard Bloom continues to lead incumbent Assemblywoman Betsy Butler in the 50th District of Los Angeles County, but his lead has dropped from 218 to 103 votes. Marc Levine has extended his lead over Assemblyman Michael Allen from 1,663 to 2,486 votes in the 10th District of Marin and Sonoma counties.

* Updated at 4:57 p.m. to add new vote totals from Kern County in the 32nd Assembly District race. Updated at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to say that Berryhill is a Stockton resident.



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