Attorneys General Victories Make History
Keith Ellison was victorious in his bid to become the Attorney General of Minnesota. With about 94% of precincts reporting, Ellison had about 49% of the vote to about 45% for his Republican opponent Doug Wardlow. The outgoing Congressman and Deputy Chair of the DNC was dogged on the campaign trail by allegations of abuse by a former girlfriend -- he strongly denied the accusation. However, an investigation into the allegation that Ellison tried to drag her off a bed during a 2016 argument failed to produce the clear answers that many sought. The 55-year-old has said that he would approach the office as a tool to challenge certain Trump administration policies in court as other state Attorneys General have since Donald Trump's election. New York has elected 60-year-old Letitia James -- she becomes the first woman in New York to be elected as Attorney General, the first African American woman to be elected to statewide office, and the first Black person to serve as AG. In her victory speech in Brooklyn, the Howard University Law School grad vowed to continue the office’s scrutiny of the president. “He should know that we here in New York -- and I, in particular -- we are not scared of you,” she said. “And as the next Attorney General of his home state, I will be shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn.” Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul has been elected as the next Attorney General of Illinois, leading by a margin of more than 470,000 cast ballots claiming 54% of the vote. The 54-year-old Depaul University grad, who earned his law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, is a former Cook County prosecutor. He was appointed for the state Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama's election to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and has since become the chair of the judiciary committee. He campaigned on his experience as the son of Haitian immigrants and a survivor of prostate cancer, as well as his work on behalf of bipartisan criminal justice reform. In California, former Congressman Xavier Becerrawas elected to his first full term as AG. He was confirmed to the post in 2017 by the California Legislature and became the first Latino to serve as CA Attorney General. And in New Mexico, Héctor Balderas was re-elected to his second term as AG. Other AG races remain too close to call. In Nevada, Democrat Aaron Ford holds a slight edge over Republican Wes Duncan. In Connecticut, William Tong appears headed for victory, but the race remains too close to call. More here.