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Kanter, Murray maintain leads in San Diego Superior Court races

Federal prosecutor Rebecca Kanter and former state and county prosecutor Pete Murray continued to lead the two races to become San Diego Superior Court judges, according to new tallies released Thursday evening.

Kanter saw her lead strengthen over Mike Murphy, a California deputy attorney general, with 52.28 percent to Murphy’s 47.72 percent.

Murray’s lead over Superior Court Commissioner Peter Singer stayed almost unchanged at 51.98 percent to Singer’s 48.02 percent.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters reported that 649,443 ballots had been counted and about 400,000 ballots still needed to be counted as of Thursday evening.

Thursday’s results were particularly positive for Kanter, whose large lead when the initial election night results were posted Tuesday began to dwindle with subsequent updates. The results before Thursday seemed to be mirroring June’s primary election, when she’d opened with a slim lead before Murphy surged ahead.

Murray held a narrow advantage over Singer after the first round of votes were reported Tuesday night, then increased his lead in subsequent updates that night. His advantage decreased by just 0.01 percent when the latest results were posted Thursday.

Kanter has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2006 while Murphy has worked as a deputy state attorney general since 1996. The winner will replace Judge Jinsook Ohta, who was confirmed in December as a U.S. district judge.

Murray has had decade-long stints as both a San Diego County deputy district attorney and a deputy state attorney general, as well as experience as a private litigator. Singer had a private civil practice from 1987 to 2015 and has since served as a San Diego Superior Court commissioner. They are in a race to replace retiring Judge Joseph Brannigan.

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