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The fall lineup in the race for state controller remained muddled early Wednesday, with none of the six candidates having a lock on the top-two spots.

Leading contenders to advance to a November runoff include former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, who is compelled by term limits to leave the Legislature; Fresno Mayor and Republican Ashley Swearengin; Democratic Board of Equalization member Betty Yee; and Republican David Evans.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Swearengin had built a lead of a few percentage points for the first slot but none of the three others could break away from the pack to clinch the second. The standings as of 5 a.m.:

Swearengin: 24.4 percent
Pérez: 21.7 percent
Evans: 21.6 percent
Yee: 21.5 percent

Those results will change in the coming days as election officials process tens of thousands of uncounted provisional and mail ballots.

PHOTO: Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin gives her State of the City address at a lunch meeting at the Fresno Convention Center Wednesday, June 1, 2011. The Fresno Bee/Craig Kohlruss


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