According to LA Weekly, it is. This blog post takes you through the math.

In order to win the race, Cooley would have to win the remaining uncounted votes by a margin of 72-20. The likelihood of that happening is extremely close to zero. One of his best counties was Orange County, and his margin there was only 60-31.

​If we knew nothing about the remaining ballots, you might say that Cooley has at least a chance. But we do know where the ballots are coming from — they’re mostly from counties that favored Harris — and we know that they’re mostly provisionals, which have also favored Harris.

We’d expect Harris to win the remaining votes by a tally of about 50-42. That’s just based on geography and doesn’t factor in her advantage from provisionals.

We now have much more information about how this race will end up than the AP and the L.A. Times did when they called the governor’s race for Jerry Brown at the stroke of 8 p.m. on Election Night.

It’s time to call it. Harris has won.

The post also points to analyses by Swing State Project and by Los Angeles City Council President Gary Garcetti, a Democrat who has looked at the numbers closely, that reach similar conclusions.

I guess we’ll see what Steve Cooley thinks about all this tout suite. We’ll be listening in to the press conference he’s holding at 10:30 a.m.

In the meantime, just for funs (if you’re a Democrat), here’s Cooley prematurely declaring victory on election night:

And here’s a really interesting interview KQED’s Scott Shafer did with Steve Westly, who in 2002 won the California Controller’s race by just .3 percent. Westly discusses what it’s like emotionally to get snagged on this type of nailbiting vote count, and what candidates who do face from a logistical standpoint.



Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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