Cooley concedes AG Race to Harris

In a brief conference call a spokesman for Steve Cooley said the Los Angeles County DA has conceded in his race for AG. He called Kamala Harris and spent the day in his Los Angeles office, officials said.

“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.

“We started this campaign late but we won an exceptionally tough Republican primary by a decisive margin. In the general election, we emerged as California’s top Republican vote getter and carried 39 out of the state’s 58 counties. We also cut by more than half the margin of loss by the GOP ticket in heavily Democratic Los Angeles County.  It was gratifying to have received the votes of over 4 million Californians.

“It is unfortunate that someone who is a non-partisan non-politician could not overcome the increasingly partisan tendencies of the state, even for an office that by its nature necessitates a non-partisan approach.

KQED’s Capitol Notes Blog says Harris won’t declare victory until all the votes are counted sometime next week.

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Cooley Harris AG race down to the wire


Brian Charles has all the skinny after a visit to Norwalk Wednesday:
While 8 million Californians voted in the state’s attorney general’s race, about 300 Los Angeles County election workers will decide the fate of a race “too close to call.”

That’s if the candidates, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, don’t end up settling the election in court.

Harris holds a slight edge over Cooley statewide and a double-digit lead in Los Angeles County.

In recent days, each side has asserted the other is trying to unfairly pressure county officials counting ballots.

“This is sniping as usual that only comes around when the votes are close enough that the race could be affected by the qualification or disqualification

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