We still don’t know who California’s new attorney general will be and may not know for weeks. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who would be the state’s first black AG, has promised that she would not attempt to defend Proposition 8 should she be elected. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, who has said that he will definitely attempt to intervene, currently leads by 26K votes.
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.
California’s counties have until four weeks after election day to submit their counts.