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Erika Harold Wins Republican Race For Attorney General

March 20, 2018 - 9:40 pm

CHICAGO (AP) -- Attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold has won the Republican primary for Illinois attorney general.

Harold beat out litigation attorney Gary Grasso Tuesday for the nomination. She garnered nearly 60 percent of the vote to Grasso's 40 percent. The Urbana lawyer in November will face the winner of the eight-candidate Democratic field.

Check out WBBM Newsradio's live election results here. 

Harold said she is confident she'll be a strong competitor in the general election no matter who the Deomcrat is. She said she wants to make the attorney general's office more "reform minded."

"I know ill be able to draw a strong contrast," Harold told WBBM Newsradio. 

Harold has GOP establishment backing and has received campaign contributions from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Despite those connections, she has positioned herself as a "reform-minded, political outsider" who wants to offer a bipartisan approach to criminal justice reform and other issues.

She also wants to take on what she sees to be a corrupt political  machine run by Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat.

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