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Kamala Harris Officially Declares Victory in California AG Race

Kamala Harris Officially Declares Victory in California AG Race

San Francisco district attorney Kamala Harris declared victory nearly a month after the California election pitted her against Los Angeles district attorney Steve Cooley for the position as state attorney general. Harris will become California's first female attorney general and first attorney general of color (she's of Jamaican-American and Indian-American origin). Harris has steadfastly promised not to defend the antigay marriage measure Prop. 8, the voter-approved initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California, in the federal appeals case that begins December 6. Cooley promised to do the opposite and defend Prop. 8.

San Francisco district attorney Kamala Harris declared victory nearly a month after the California election pitted her against Los Angeles district attorney Steve Cooley for the position as state attorney general.

As of Tuesday, Harris led Proposition 8 supporter Cooley by 73,102. She made her announcement at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, according to LA Weekly.

Harris will become California's first female attorney general and first attorney general of color (she's of Jamaican-American and Indian-American origin). Harris has steadfastly promised not to defend Prop. 8, the voter-approved initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California, in the federal appeals case that begins December 6. Cooley promised to do the opposite and defend Prop. 8.

Cooley had declared victory on the evening of November 2, but a hand-count of provisional and absentee ballots shifted the outcome of the race, which teetered back-and-forth until Tuesday, which was the deadline for counties to report the final counts to the Secretary of State.

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