Kamala_Harris.jpg4:19 PM: An overnight surge that carried San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris into the lead in the race for state attorney general had her campaign expressing confidence today that she would win.

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 campaign manager Ace Smith later said in a conference call with reporters that the campaign was stopping short of declaring victory today.

“What we are declaring is our confidence in this outcome,” Smith said.

Harris this afternoon had 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.

The campaign said they had been informed of nearly 400,000 uncounted ballots in Los Angeles County alone. Harris has so far carried that county with 53.7 percent of the vote.

“It is not unusual for several hundred thousand ballots to remain uncounted the day after an election in California,” said Nicole Winger, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State.
Counties have 28 days following the election to complete their counts.

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

1:48 PM: 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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  • projectpeace

    I trust that our new Attorney General will be open-minded and interested enough to learn the significance of Cannabis agriculture vs. Climate change.

    Monotrepenes are the molecule of the 21st Century, and hardly anyone knows it. Cannabis produces more monoterpens faster in more soil and climate conditions than any other crop. Game over .

    Cannabis isn’t illegal. It’s essential.

    The time critical nature of present conditions make it a “misprision of treason” to fail to act after recognizing the true “strategic value” of Cannabis, before this spring.

  • projectpeace

    I trust that our new Attorney General will be open-minded and interested enough to learn the significance of Cannabis agriculture vs. Climate change.

    Atmospheric aerosols called “monotrepenes” are the molecule of the 21st Century, protecting the planet against global broiling, and hardly anyone knows it. Cannabis produces more monoterpenes faster in more soil and climate conditions than any other crop. Game over .

    Cannabis isn’t illegal. It’s essential.

    The time critical nature of present conditions make it a “misprision of treason” to fail to act after recognizing the true “strategic value” of Cannabis, before this spring.

  • projectpeace

    I trust that our new Attorney General will be open-minded and interested enough to learn the significance of Cannabis agriculture vs. Climate change.

    Atmospheric aerosols called “monotrepenes” are the molecule of the 21st Century, protecting the planet against global broiling, and hardly anyone knows it. Cannabis produces more monoterpenes faster in more soil and climate conditions than any other crop. Game over .

    Cannabis isn’t illegal. It’s essential.

    The time critical nature of present conditions make it a “misprision of treason” to fail to act after recognizing the true “strategic value” of Cannabis, before this spring.

  • projectpeace

    I trust that our new Attorney General will be open-minded and interested enough to learn the significance of Cannabis agriculture vs. Climate change.

    Atmospheric aerosols, called “monoterpenes,” are the molecule of the 21st Century, protecting the planet against global broiling by UV-B radiation. Hardly anyone knows this relative to its importance. Cannabis produces more monoterpenes, faster in more soil and climate conditions than any other crop. Game over .

    Cannabis isn’t illegal. It’s essential.

    The time-critical nature of present environmental, economic and social conditions make it a “misprision of treason” to fail to act after recognizing the true “strategic value” of Cannabis, before this spring. Cannabis has been recognized by six American Presidents as critical to national security.

    In addition, our freedom to farm “every herb bearing seed” is the first test of religious freedom.

  • projectpeace

    I trust that our new Attorney General will be open-minded and interested enough to learn the significance of Cannabis agriculture vs. Climate change.

    Atmospheric aerosols, called “monoterpenes,” are the molecule of the 21st Century, protecting the planet against global broiling by UV-B radiation. Hardly anyone knows this relative to its importance. Cannabis produces more monoterpenes, faster in more soil and climate conditions than any other crop. Game over .

    Cannabis isn’t illegal. It’s essential.

    The time-critical nature of present environmental, economic and social conditions make it a “misprision of treason” to fail to act after recognizing the true “strategic value” of Cannabis, before this spring. Cannabis has been recognized by six American Presidents as critical to national security.

    In addition, our freedom to farm “every herb bearing seed” is the first test of religious freedom.