San Francisco's Top Cop Claims State Victory

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010  |  Updated 9:24 PM PDT
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San Francisco's Top Cop Claims State Victory

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San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris believes that she is California's new top cop.

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California Republicans may be slow to concede victory but the party's candidate for attorney general may have a reason to pause.

An overnight push put San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris to declare victory with all precincts reporting in her bid to succeed Governor-elect Jerry Brown.

But Harris' margin of victory is so small that Republican candidate Steve Cooley, the Los Angeles district attorney, has not given up the race. In fact his campaign has not put out a statement after acknowledging their confidence in victory, and saying the race is still too close to call.

Harris meanwhile has already draped herself with the mantle of her new office.

"In spite of Steve Cooley's Dewey-esque declaration of victory, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will be the next attorney general of the state of California," Harris' campaign said in a statement.

Harris technically is the winner of the race with 45.9 percent of the vote while Cooley earned 45.7 percent, according to California Secretary of State Debra Brown.

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