State Sen. Kwame Raoul handily defeated his Republican opponent Erika Harold to become Illinois’ next attorney general.
But the victory was bittersweet for Raoul who lost his father 15 years ago Tuesday.
“He never held public office, but his life was dedicated to public service,” Raoul said. “I have done my best to honor his legacy by advocating for the vulnerable and advancing justice for those who believe our legal system has forgotten them.”
“This campaign was just the audition for the work that is to come.”
With about 97 percent of precincts reporting, the Chicago Democrat tallied 2,290,816 votes to Harold’s 1,841,395, a margin of 54 percent to 43 percent. Libertarian candidate Bubba Harsy received 108,140 or 2.5 percent.
All election results are unofficial.
In an early concession, Harold said her campaign had been “profoundly outspent” but that she wishes Raoul well.