One of the closest races in recent memory in California came to an end this morning when Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley officially conceded the race to his opponent, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, clearing the way for Harris to claim the Attorney General’s office. Trailing by 40,000+ votes in the slow counting of ballots, Cooley would have had to win 2/3rds of the remaining ballots in order to win the race, something that his campaign concluded would probably not happen: “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 his concession. It was a race that many analysts thought was Cooley’s to lose, as he lined up law enforcement endorsements up and down the state and had a fairly strong reputation in voter-rich Southern California; Harris, meanwhile, won as an anti-death penalty D.A. from notoriously liberal San Francisco. What does the end result say about the Republican Party in California and what kind of Attorney General will Kamala Harris be?
Ace Smith, chief strategist for the Kamala Harris for Attorney General campaign
Tom Del Beccaro, vice chair of the California Republican Party