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A month after the primary election, Democrat Betty Yee finished 484 votes ahead of John A. Pérez for second-place in the state controller's race, officials announced Monday.

Lake County Registrar Diane Fridley used nearly all of her allotted 28 days to certify the results in the down-ballot contest that sparked a daily ritual of political junkies refreshing their web browsers.

Republican Ashley Swearengin secured a first-place finish to advance to the general election in November. Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization, had dropped from second to third to fourth place and then back into second in the see-saw battle with Pérez, the former Assembly speaker.

The latest tally Monday had Yee at 878,191 votes and Pérez at 877,707.

Many are predicting the exceedingly close margin would spur one or both of the candidates to request a costly and time-consuming statewide recount. There were just 23 recounts out of 4,100 statewide elections nationwide from 2000 to 2013.

PHOTO: Betty Yee. Photo courtesy, Board of Equalization.


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