Cooley’s lead in attorney general widens Sunday


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Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley widened his lead in the race for California attorney general, and now leads his Democratic rival, San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, by 26,455 votes, according to the latest statewide figures.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, the total vote reported by the state’s 58 counties was 3,674,137 for Cooley and 3,647,682 for Harris.


Those figures differ from those reported by the secretary of state, whose website has lagged behind on reports from a number of counties.

The lead in the attorney general’s race has see-sawed between the two candidates since election night, and with considerably more than 1 million ballots remaining to count, could easily reverse again. Several large counties, including Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego, did not report updated counts in the attorney general’s race Sunday. At last count, those three counties among them had reported some 885,000 ballots remaining, mostly mail-in ballots that arrived in election offices on election day, but also provisional ballots and ballots that could not be machine counted because they were damaged.

Counties have until four weeks after election day to complete the count.

--David Lauter