*It’s looking like Kamala Harris may be the winner for the California Attorney General race. The bout has been close through and through.
As of 6:14 p.m. Nov. 3, all precincts have reported and the numbers are deathly close, according to the California Secretary of State office.
Although the figures are not official as of yet, Harris won the election by a hair. Harris has unofficially taken the seat with a 45.9 percentage of voters while Cooley received 45.8 percent.
Harris, a Democrat, had trailed Cooley, a Republican, 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 Wednesday.
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. “What we are declaring is our confidence in this outcome,” Smith said.
Counties have 28 days following the Election Day to complete their counts.
Harris was endorsed by President Obama.