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LA Weekly calls AG race in favor of Kamala Harris

San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala Harris, right, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, laughs at a light-hearted comment made by her opponent, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, left, during their debate at the University of California, Davis, School of Law in Davis, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.
San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala Harris, right, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, laughs at a light-hearted comment made by her opponent, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, left, during their debate at the University of California, Davis, School of Law in Davis, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.
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The L.A. Weekly says San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris holds a nearly insurmountable 50,000 vote lead over Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.

The paper argues it's done the math and with just 125,000 votes or so left to count, Harris is sure to win.

It’s true that Cooley, the Republican, would have to win the vast majority of these votes to pull off a victory. Many analysts say that’s highly unlikely.

But the Harris camp remains reluctant to claim victory, mainly because some counties have miscalculated the number of uncounted ballots. Harris worries that a bunch of ballots may pop up in counties that favor Cooley.

Still, a growing number of analysts believe it’s increasingly likely that Harris will become the first woman, first African American and first Indian American California Attorney General.

Counties must report final tallies by next Tuesday to the Secretary of State, who certifies the winner on Dec. 3. The loser may call for a recount. But he or she must pay for it if it doesn’t change the results.