Kamala Harris declares victory over Cooley

In this Nov. 1, 2010 file photo, California Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris arrives for a campaign rally at the Los Angeles Public Central Library in Los Angeles. Republican Steve Cooley conceded the California attorney general's race to Democrat Harris on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, giving Democrats a sweep of all statewide offices and ushering in the first woman and first minority elected to the post. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

November 30, 2010 12:09:18 PM PST
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris finally declared victory Tuesday in the tight state attorney general race.

Harris made the announcement in Los Angeles and thanked her campaign supporters. She did not want to say anything until now because the race was so close, even though her Republican opponent, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, conceded defeat last week.

Harris is the first woman and the first minority to serve in this post. She was slated to hold a celebration Tuesday night in San Francisco.