- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has advanced to a runoff election for state controller, boosting Republicans’ hopes of breaking Democrats’ monopoly on statewide offices in California.

Swearengin took 24 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary. It’s unclear who she will face in November. Her three main challengers were tightly clustered in the race for second.

Former Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez of Los Angeles held a slim lead over two rivals. He declared himself in the runoff even though there are hundreds of thousands of ballots yet to be counted and his lead is just 1,600 votes.

The controller is responsible for managing the state’s budget and helps administer its pension funds. Incumbent Democrat John Chiang is termed out.

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