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Kwame Raoul Wins Democratic Attorney General Race

March 20, 2018 - 8:50 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- State lawmaker Kwame Raoul declared victory in the Democratic primary for attorney general.

Raoul, a state senator representing the south side of Chicago, emerged from a crowded Democratic field to secure the party's nomination . He declared victory around 10:30 p.m., after he said he heard from Pat Quinn who had conceded the race, Raoul said in his victory speech. He described the Democratic field as an "embarrassment of riches" and vowed to fight gun violence. 

"It shouldn't take a tragedy in Florida for all of us to walk out because we've had these tragedies one-by-one on a daily basis," Raoul said. 

 Raoul had tallied just over 30 percent of the vote as of 11 p.m. Pat Quinn, former governor of Illinois, came in second with 27 percent of the vote, followed by head of the Chicago Police oversight board Sharon Fairley, who had 12 percent of the vote. There was eight Democratic candidates for the statewide office.

Raoul will face Republican Erika Harold, the Champaign lawyer who handedly won the GOP primary. The winner will replace Lisa Madigan, who did not seek re-election.

Raoul outspent competitors and received establishment backing from the Cook County Democratic Party. He touted endorsements from teacher and labor unions, saying he'll represent workers and families. He took over then-Sen. Barack Obama's seat in 2004.

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