California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race.
She will be the first woman to have the job, and her ascension, along with former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and current San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, gives the state government a decidedly Bay Area flavor.
Can SoCal get a little love, please?
Billionaire Republican Meg Whitman failed to take over the governor’s mansion and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina couldn’t dislodge Sen. Barbara Boxer from office. Therefore in major contests Californians just said no to the GOP, which, as you might have heard, did pretty well everywhere else.
Harris was running against Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, who, though he ran as a Republican, considers himself a nonpartisan and was endorsed as such by the L.A. Times, lest we get too carried away. —PZS
Los Angeles Times:
More than three weeks after he declared victory in the race for state attorney general, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley conceded defeat Wednesday as he trailed by more than 50,000 votes in one of the closest statewide races in California history.
The decision means that San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris will assume the post of California’s top law enforcement official, giving Democrats a clean sweep of the statewide offices.
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