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Kamala Harris Declares Victory In CA Attorney General Race

November 3, 2010

From The San Francisco Appeal

A late overnight surge in votes that carried San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris into the lead in the race for state attorney general has her campaign declaring victory today.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting as of 12:39 p.m., Harris, a Democrat, led Republican Steve Cooley, the Los Angeles district attorney, 45.9 percent to 45.7 percent, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office.

Harris had trailed Cooley until the early morning hours.

“In spite of Steve Cooley’s Dewey-esque declaration of victory” late Tuesday night, a statement from Harris’ campaign said, “San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will be the next attorney general of the state of California.”

Harris has so far received 3,292,836 votes, and Cooley 3,277,998 votes.

Elections officials must still tally provisional and absentee ballots, so the results are not final.

However, Harris’ campaign asserted that “uncounted ballots will only bolster” Harris’ lead.

A spokesman for the Cooley campaign did not immediately return a call for comment.

Ari Burack, Bay City News

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