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GOP prosecutor wins Indiana attorney general's race

November 8, 2016

Republican prosecutor Curtis Hill from northern Indiana's Elkhart County has won Indiana's race for attorney general.

The 55-year-old Hill beat retired Lake County Circuit Court judge Lorenzo Arredondo, a 75-year-old Democrat.

The two men sought to succeed Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who did not seek a third term after losing May's Republican primary for a U.S. House seat.

Zoeller introduced Hill to a crowd gathered at the JW Marriott.

“We planned for a great Republican victory, and ladies and gentlemen, we got it tonight,” Hill said.

Arredondo said he was grateful for the opportunity to run. “I know some people may be saddened but I have had the joy and the pleasure to meet wonderful people, listen to them, and make other people listen to them and that’s the best thing that could have happened to this state," he said.

Republicans have held the statewide post since 2001. The duties of the state attorney general's office include defending Indiana when it's sued, serving as the legal adviser to state agencies and approving state contracts.

Hill will be the first African-American man to serve as Indiana's attorney general.

Two black women, both Democrats, have previously held the post.

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