November 30, 2023

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Ricardo Lara on top, Robert Howell now 2nd for insurane commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara speaks about farm insurance challenges, especially in light of wildfires, during a meeting with local farmers, ranchers and agricultural business owners in Santa Paula on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

Incumbent California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara comfortably outdistanced his eight challengers in Tuesday’s primary, but the battle for the second spot to oppose him in November is still tight.

With 100% of the precincts reporting and only mail-in ballots left to be counted, Lara, a Democrat, had 37.0% of the vote, but three challengers are bunched together for the second position to decide who will challenge him in the general election in November.

Republican Robert Howell is currently in second place with 17.8% of the vote, while  Democrat Marc Levine (16.8%)  and Republican Greg Conlon (16.5%) are close behind.

Howell, a cybersecurity equipment manufacturer, leads Levine, a member of the California State Assembly, by a little more than 30,000 votes with mail-in ballots still to count.