Steve Cooley concedes to Kamala Harris in AG race

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley has conceded the race for California attorney general to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala 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,” Cooley said in a statement Wednesday. “Therefore, I am formally conceding the race and congratulate Ms. Harris on becoming California’s next attorney general.”

Cooley said the state’s “increasingly partisan tendencies” contributed to his loss. A Republican, Cooley styled himself as a “nonpartisan nonpolitician” in the race. He is currently behind by 51,585 votes.

In an official statement, the Harris campaign said they would wait until all votes were officially counted before declaring victory.

“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,” said campaign spokesman Brian Brokaw in an e-mail. “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.”

The timing of Harris’ exit will have a major impact on who replaces her as The City’s new district attorney.

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