By BVN – Kamala Harris, the San Francisco District Attorney, has declared victory in the California Attorney General race becoming the first African American to hold this position in the State of California.
Kamala Harris (right) arrives at a campaign rally at the Los Angeles public library on Monday.
Harris gained a surge in votes late last night in her bid for AG. With all precincts reporting this afternoon, Harris had claimed 45.9 percent of the vote, with Republican Steve Cooley coming in close at 45.7 percent.
Election officials still have yet to tally provisional and absentee ballots, so all votes are not yet in.
Harris will be the first woman to take the Attorney General spot in California. She will replace Jerry Brown, who won California’s gubernatorial race yesterday.
Born and raised in the East Bay, Ms. Harris was elected as the first woman District Attorney in San Francisco’s history in December 2003, and as the first African-American woman and South Asian American woman in California to hold the office. She was re-elected for a second term in November 2007.