California's new Attorney General Kamala Harris
California's new Attorney General Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris has won the California attorney general's race. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that more than three weeks after he declared victory in the race for state attorney general, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley conceded defeat Wednesday as he trailed by more than 50,000 votes in one of the closest statewide races in California history. The decision means that San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will assume the post of California's top law-enforcement official, giving Democrats a clean sweep of the statewide offices.


Uncertainty had swirled around the election result since shortly after the votes began to be counted on Nov. 2. Cooley claimed victory on election night, only to discover the next morning that he was behind. As county registrars scrambled to count more than 2 million ballots left uncounted after Election Day, the lead bounced back and forth, but Harris has held an advantage for more than a week. The woman called the "Female Obama" is the first African-American, Asian-American and female attorney general in the history of the state. Her platform included prosecution and prevention. The opera really isn't over until the fat lady sings.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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