The close race for California’s Attorney General is almost over, with Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley conceding the race to opponent San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris this morning.
Cooley declared victory on election night, Nov. 2, because he had an early lead, but Harris overtook him in the polls by morning. The race went back and forth for awhile, but Harris has maintained a steady margin of at least 30,000 votes for the last two weeks.
Right now, the count from the Secretary of State’s office is 4,387,651 votes for Harris (46 percent of the vote) and 4,333,519 votes for Cooley (45.5 percent). Statewide, there are still 135,294 uncounted ballots; 4,950 of them in Los Angeles County and 780 in San Francisco County.
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Cooley’s campaign office issued the following statement when he conceded the race:
“While the margin is extremely narrow and ballots are still being counted, my campaign believes that we cannot make up the current gap in the vote count for Attorney General. Therefore, I am formally conceding the race and congratulate Ms. Harris on becoming California’s next Attorney General…..I thank my supporters and my campaign team for all they did and the sacrifices they made during this past year. We had many old friends – and made many new ones across the state – who stepped up to help our campaign. My campaign team did an exceptional job guiding someone who had never previously thought of running for statewide office through two very difficult elections
“I will complete my third term and finish my career as a professional prosecutor in the office where it began over 37 years ago. I take great satisfaction in being able to still work with the tremendous professionals who do such an outstanding job in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Los Angeles County as District Attorney with the same commitment and enthusiasm I have always demonstrated.
“The campaign was a fascinated and very positive experience. I advocated for the issues in which I believed in and proposed reforms California needs during these difficult times. I will continue do to the same as District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles.”
In a statement issued by her campaign, Harris said she would “wait until all the votes are counted before making a public declaration.”
Harris’ victory gives the Democrats a sweep of the top administrative offices in the state, as well as making her the first female and first minority elected to that post.