Because Kamala Harris and Steve Cooley have each declared victory in the race for Attorney General in California, and just going out on a limb here, one of them is probably wrong. Last night around 11pm, Cooley gave a full-on victory speech at his election night party:
At the time, he had a slight lead over Harris. But by the time he woke up (if he went to bed at all), the precincts were all reporting in and Harris had taken the lead–a relatively slight one, 22,000 votes. Now, with some provisional and absentee ballots still uncounted, Harris has declared victory, saying the outstanding votes are likely to go her way. Harris, perhaps wisely, decided to declare the win in a press release and not on live (and endlessly replay-able) television. Cooley canceled his scheduled press conference this morning and headed to a thank-you event for donors: a $2,500 per person Kings-Lakers game with the either champ or defeated candidate.
UPDATE: Harris campaign says they’re not declaring victory… they’re just saying that Kamala Harris will be the next attorney general. I’ll not speculate as to the difference.