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Kwame Raoul wins Illinois Attorney General over Erika Harold

Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul talks with the Northwest Herald editorial board on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 in Crystal Lake.
Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul talks with the Northwest Herald editorial board on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 in Crystal Lake.

CHICAGO – Republican Erika Harold has conceded to Democrat Kwame Raoul in their battle for Illinois attorney general.

Raoul had garnered about 61 percent of the vote when Harold conceded. She said she will be rooting for him to do an exceptional job as attorney general.

Raoul touted his legal and policymaking experience. He was appointed to the General Assembly in 2004 to replace U.S. Senate-bound Barack Obama.

He outspent Harold and derided her lack of experience as a prosecutor. Harold was Miss America 2003 and used scholarship winnings to attend Harvard Law School.

Raoul, who was appointed to the state Senate in 2004 to replace the U.S. Senate-bound Barack Obama, pledged to fight Trump as attorney general, saying the president's agenda will hurt the environment and undermine a woman's right to an abortion.

"We reject the hate that has come from Donald Trump ... (and) the policies that come from them," he told supporters at a victory party in Chicago after winning the seat vacated by Democrat Lisa Madigan.

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