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Harris was a prosecutor in the San Francisco city attorney's office before emerging as a challenger to Hallinan.

Polls before the November 4 election never showed her enjoying support of over 19 per cent of the voters. Yet, in that election, she knocked out Bill Fazio, a former San Francisco prosecutor who had narrowly lost two previous races against Hallinan.

When the results came on November 4, she was placed second with 66,248 votes or 33.65 per cent against Hallinan's 70,580 votes or 35.85 per cent. Fazio got 59,834 votes or 30.3 per cent. Since no one got more than 50 per cent of the votes, the top two went to the electorate again.

A happy Kamala and Maya pose for the camera.

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