Harold, Raoul Win Attorney General Races | WGLT

Harold, Raoul Win Attorney General Races

Mar 20, 2018

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. The Urbana lawyer in November will face Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul in November.

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 House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat.

On the Democratic side, former Gov. Pat Quinn conceded the primary to Raoul on Tuesday night.

The Chicago senator led seven other candidates Tuesday including Quinn. The race became an open seat following the surprise announcement Lisa Madigan would not run for a fifth term.

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. Raoul took over then-Sen. Barack Obama's seat in 2004.

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