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VIDEO: Dan Walters says, "When you start playing musical chairs in politics, anything can happen." What about Attorney General Kamala Harris, for instance?

California's elections officials had tallied more than 9.6 million votes from Tuesday's elections by late Thursday afternoon, but they still have their work cut out for them.

How many ballots are left to count? More than 3 million, according to information that county officials had given the Secretary of State's Office by late Thursday. Los Angeles County alone had about 796,000 to go.

Elsewhere in the south state, San Diego County estimated about 475,000 left to count. The nail-biter in the 52nd Congressional District (entirely in that county) had Democrat Scott Peters up by 814 votes over Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray, late Thursday.

And in Riverside County, about 183,000 ballots were left to count. The 36th Congressional District race (entirely in that county) had Democrat Raul Ruiz up late Thursday by more than 4,500 votes over Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack.

Sacramento County, meanwhile, has also been working through the 193,000 or ballots it has left. If you're waiting for new numbers on the Dan Lungren-Ami Bera race in the 7th Congressional District (again entirely in that county), we're hoping for an update after 3 p.m. Last we looked, Bera was up by 184 votes.

You'll find a county-by-county list of reporting status at this link. The unprocessed ballots report is here.

LECTURE: United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta is speaking at St. Marks United Methodist Church in Sacramento at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Moon Lecture Series. Click here for more information.

VETERANS DAY: The city of Sacramento is sponsoring a Veterans Day parade Sunday starting at 10 a.m. at 3rd Street and Capitol Mall. You'll find a flier at this link.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Both U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, celebrate their birthdays on Sunday. Boxer turns 72, and Pavley turns 64.


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