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November 22, 2010
AM Alert: Still counting

Will today be the day a winner is declared in the still-too-close-to-call attorney general contest?

Don't hold your breath.

Democrat Kamala Harris has a lead of roughly 42,500 votes over Republican Steve Cooley, according to results posted on the secretary of state website last night.

The top cop candidates have been caught in a close race since early returns, the lead swapping hands several times over the past few weeks.

Cooley spokesman Kevin Spillane said he thinks the tally watching will "likely will go until after Thanksgiving."

"We're going to go close to the deadline before we make any announcement or decisions," he said.

Harris' camp isn't expecting the race called before next week's deadline for counting ballots either.

"We want every vote counted," spokesman Brian Brokaw said.

Just a few hundred thousand ballots remain to be counted, but many of the outstanding votes come from provisional ballots, which typically take more time and effort to verify and add to the count.

If Harris wins, she will be one of 26 women serving in state elected office, according to a report released Friday by California Women Lead. Twenty-one more represent the Golden State in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

The report, which you can read in full here, found women represent roughly one quarter of California's elected posts for local, state and federal office.

GOVERNOR: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver are presiding over a naming ceremony for CHIME Institute's Schwarzenegger Community School. The elementary charter school, first named after the governor in 2007, is getting a new name with the addition of an affiliated middle school program.


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