Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Harris Lead in AG Race Tops 50,000-Vote Mark
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris (D) expanded her lead over Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley (R) yesterday as more vote-by-mail and provisional ballots were counted in the close contest for California attorney general.
As of 4:45 p.m., Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported, Harris had 4,340,454 votes, or 46 percent, to Cooley’s 4,288,568, or 45.5 percent, giving Harris a lead of 51,886 votes. This is the first time since election night that either candidate in the seesaw race has held a lead of 50,000 or more.
Fewer than 500,000 votes remain to be counted statewide, Bowen reported, meaning that Cooley would need to win the remaining ballots by more than 10 percentage points to gain election.
Election officials in each of the 58 counties must complete their tallies by next Tuesday and report the results to Bowen’s office by Dec. 3.
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