Kamala Harris Declares Victory in California Atty General Race

With a final vote tally in, Kamala Harris today declared victory in one of the tightest races of the 2010 elections:

Harris ​Kamala Harris declared victory this morning in the razor-close race for attorney general. With almost all the ballots counted, Harris is leading L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley by 73,102 votes.

Proving right off the bat that she will be a different kind of A.G., Harris announced a star-studded "transition team," including former L.A.P.D. Chief Bill Bratton, criminal justice reformer Connie Rice, and former Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and George Shultz. Those names suggest Harris has ambitions that go well beyond being California's "top cop."

Harris has promised to never defend Proposition 8, unlike her opponent in the race, Steve Cooley. Cooley conceded to Harris last week.


  1. James says

    I am relieved that she won. I have been tracking the vote count every day since the election and glad it’s over! Almost 9 million votes cast and only 70K seperated them!
    Even though Prop 8 may not go back to the state, it’s such a relief to know the Governor and Attorney General are on our side just in case it does somehow.

  2. George says

    Great news for gays and pot-heads! Kamala’s a common-sense progressive.

    She is going places. I could see her eventually becoming Governor of California or replacing Senator Feinstein or Boxer when they decide to retire. Then, who knows…

  3. John says

    The California Democratic Party has scored a clean sweep in a year when the federal Democrats were decimated. And they did it by nominating principled liberals rather than the spineless jellyfish we see in the congressional caucus. Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and Kamala Harris are all publicly and unapologetically for marriage equality.

    Voters like a winner.

    Even a winner they don’t agree with all of the time.

    If anything, the electorate this year was considerably more conservative than the one that approved Prop. 8 in 2008.

  4. Gianpiero says

    I was also watching this closely, and I’m really happy with the result.

    It’s an impressive transition team indeed. But she’s taking over the AG’s job from Jerry Brown, who didn’t exactly mess things up. How how much transition wattage does she really need? I agree that the lineup is not necessarily about this particular job.

  5. Mike says

    I also was counting votes daily on this… and was very relieved that Cooley didn’t win; he would have been a disaster on so many levels. He tried to pander to the wingnuts by saying he would defend Prop 8 and then by actively attacking settled Medical Marijuana law (Prop 215 – which is supported by all Californians). He thought by taking the wingnut position he could win… WRONG! Instead he pissed off the gays and medical marijuana folks who mobilized support against him. All the pundits thought he would get a landslide in LA County which would carry him to victory… he got a landslide alright, but it was against him! LOL… We still have to put up with him for two more years as LA County DA; I’m sure he’ll continue to be a tool during that time.

  6. HawaiiBill says

    California is one of the clearest repudiation of the whole “I’m taking my marbles and going home before I vote for Democrats” crowd. She only won by 73,000+ votes. d now the state will NOT defend Prop 8. Congrats California for understanding and voting in the real world.

  7. says

    She was S.F. Mayor Willie Brown’s girl friend. She beat Terry Hallinan, who won 2 terms as S.F. D.A.,and Terry, was once portrayed as anti-gay by the gay Press when he ran against Harvey Milk.In his Administration as D.A., he had over 40 openly gay Lawyers and staff. I guess when Diane Feinstein, decides to retire … we’ll find out if it’s in the future for Kamala to run for California Senator.

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