UPDATED 2:07 p.m. Tuesday 11/23
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has a significant lead in the race to become California’s next Attorney General, garnering 4,356,591 votes to her opponent, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley’s 4,302,795. With an out-of-the-gate lead, Cooley declared himself the winner on election night, but the picture has changed since then.The race turned in Harris’ favor early the morning after the election and as election returns continue to come in, her number of supporters has grown.
Of California’s 59 counties, only 22 have not completed their counts of provisional, vote-by-mail or other ballots that cannot be counted on voting machines or need signatures verified. There are 264,969 votes left to count, with less than 5,000 remaining in Los Angeles County.
Harris’s home county, San Francisco, has not completed its count either, with 21,376 ballots left to tally. Sonoma County, in Northern California, is now the leader in uncounted ballots, with 35,500 pending verification.
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In Los Angeles County, Harris maintains the lead by a significant margin with 1,178,327 votes; Cooley has 865,402. The latest report from Los Angeles County was filed at 6:11 Monday Nov. 22.
Counties have until November 30 to complete their ballot tabulations and turn final figures in to the Secretary of State’s office.