By Greg Risling | Associated Press | Posted: 11/03/2010 07:07:16 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors from California’s two most prominent cities, who both ran bruising campaigns, were locked in a dead heat Wednesday in their race for attorney general.
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris led Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley by fewer than 15,000 votes — or less than a quarter of a percentage point — with all precincts reporting. With tens of thousands of provisional and late absentee ballots still to be counted, it could be weeks before a winner is determined.
Cooley had a comfortable lead in early returns Tuesday, but Harris chipped away at the margin and had overtaken him by Wednesday.
Harris wasn’t willing to declare victory.
“All the movement in this race showed we were surging late, and we feel those absentee ballots will be reflective of that,” said spokesman Brian Brokaw. “We are incredibly optimistic.”