Harris Remains Ahead as Count Continues - NBC Southern California

Harris Remains Ahead as Count Continues

Attorney General’s race still undecided



    Harris Remains Ahead as Count Continues
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    Steve Cooley, Kamala Harris

    San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris leads  Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley by 30,730 votes in the  attorney general's race, adding 992 votes to her advantage Wednesday.

    Harris has 4,203,346 votes to Cooley's 4,172,616, or 46 percent versus  45.6 percent, according to figures released by the Secretary of State's Office.

    Harris, a Democrat, held a 29,738-vote lead entering Wednesday's count of  vote-by-mail, provisional and damaged ballots.

    There were 89,624 ballots processed Wednesday, reducing the number of  uncounted ballots to 671,594 -- 249,002 vote-by-mail ballots, 378,854  provisional ballots and 43,738 that are either damaged, could not be machine- read and need to be remade and ballots diverted by optical scanners for further  review, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

    Harris has led since Friday. Cooley, a Republican, had led from from  Nov. 5 until Friday.

    When polls closed Nov. 2, Cooley declared victory, but by early Nov. 3,  Harris led by almost 15,000 votes.

    Under state law, county registrars of voters must complete the vote  counting by Nov. 30 and provide their counts to the Secretary of State's Office  by Dec. 3.