LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican Steve Cooley is conceding the California attorney general’s race to Kamala Harris, giving Democrats a sweep of all statewide offices.

Cooley spokesman Kevin Spillane said Thursday that there aren’t enough outstanding votes for Cooley to overtake Harris.

“While the margin is extremely narrow and ballots are still being counted, my campaign believes that we cannot make up the current gap in the vote count for Attorney General. Therefore, I am formally conceding the race and congratulate Ms. Harris on becoming California’s next Attorney General,” Cooley said in a statement.

Spillane said Cooley called Harris Thursday morning to congratulate her.

The San Francisco district attorney is set to become the first woman and first minority elected as California’s top law enforcement official.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

“District Attorney Harris thanks District Attorney Cooley for a spirited campaign and looks forward to working together on the critical public safety challenges facing California,” Brian Brokow, Harris’ campaign manager said. “The counties continue to tabulate votes, and District Attorney Harris believes it is only appropriate to wait until all the votes are counted before making a public declaration. She will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, November 30, the deadline for counties to report final counts to the Secretary of State.”

Harris defeated Cooley in a bruising north-south battle between the top prosecutors from California’s two most prominent cities. Cooley is Los Angeles County district attorney.

Harris is up by 51,000 votes, a half-percentage point margin, with 150,000 votes still uncounted.

She replaces Democrat Jerry Brown, who gave up the office in his successful bid for governor.

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Comments (16)
  1. GAF says:

    I am so happy that the Wife and I are moving to Texas.

    1. Davis says:

      Welcome to Texas, The economy is great, the people are friendly and the food is deliciously good. Jobs are available everywhere. I loved California it is a great place to visit, but Texas is a safe place for family and friends to enjoy.

  2. WM Jones says:

    Why did he cave to the PC nazis?

  3. ppfftt says:

    Jones, why don’t you take WM Jones in one arm and Nazis in the other and move to Texas? Sounds like a sweet idea GAF.

  4. GAF says:

    My wife wants to move there because she says the men are better hung in Texas. I don’t know about that though.

  5. paul says:

    this W.C Fields lookin clown is such an alcoholic—Look at that cauliflower nose!!!!!

    Thank God–he was all bad for MMJ cause.

    1. rjsmitty says:

      And she is a meth head just look at her face.

  6. jet says:

    A great victory for california…a great victory for californians… and a great victory for medical marijuana patients….

  7. JJ says:

    I voted Cooley, but he Blew it when he stated he would double dip collecting all his retirement pay and state salary
    All bigots Please move to Texas or Arizona

    1. rjsmitty says:

      Sounds like your the bigot .

  8. longjohnsilver says:

    I’m very glad Cooley lost. It’s a great victory for mmj patients. Cooley was no friend of our community. Let’s all work towards 2012 and maybe with more Cannabis Education and an improved initiative we can make a positive change to our failed policies. I don’t understand how those opposed to mj can essentially condone and in fact bankroll a failed policy to the tune of BILLIONS A YEAR! Has it worked? If you answer is “no”, then why are you so confused?. The drug dealers thank you for your confusion and lack of research!

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