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Kamala D. Harris pulls back ahead in race for California Attorney General

SACRAMENTO – In one of the closest races in state history, the Democrat has clawed back into the lead for California Attorney General.

Kamala D. Harris has 4,044,927 votes as of 4:19 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, with 100 percent of the precincts partially or fully reporting, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

The Republican, Steve Cooley, has 4,039,351 votes. Four other candidates trail badly.

Mail-in and provisional ballots are still being counted, and it is not known how long this process will continue before a winner is declared.

While the Democrats swept all the other state offices, this race in particular is meaningful for advocates of equal rights. Harris supports marriage equality, while Cooley does not. Harris says she will not defend Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, in the courts, while Cooley says he would try to intervene in the court case.