4,311,121                        4,268,598

46.0%                               45.5%

Monday, November 22, 2010 – 04:30 a.m.

San Francisco County District Attorney Kamala Harris should be feeling pretty good right now.

Harris, a democrat, will likely be California’s next attorney general.

With just under 6 million votes counted, Harris has a half-percent lead over her republican challenger, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. A margin of 42,523 votes.

From a statistical standpoint, with an estimated 300,000 votes remaining to be counted, Cooley would have to garner more than fifty-nine percent of the remaining votes.

An increasingly unlikely possibility.

Cooley can thank his own Los Angeles County for his narrow loss. Cooley’s success as a non-partisan candidate didn’t work for him as the republican nominee for attorney general.