Republican Cooley would have to receive two-thirds of about 154,000 votes still uncounted to defeat the Democrat. But a GOP consultant notes that if a recount is sought, the formal result won't be known for some time.
With the stack of ballots left to count sharply diminished, San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris continued to hold a steady lead Tuesday in the race for attorney general, making victory over Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley all but assured.
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