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Former Miss America Erika Harold wins Illinois GOP primary for attorney General

Miss Illinois Erika Harold, Miss America 2003 in Atlantic City, N. J., Sept. 21, 2002.

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Erika Harold, a lawyer and former Miss America winner, won Tuesday’s Republican primary in Illinois, United States, attorney General of the state, while the state sen Kwame Raoul, the winner declared on the democratic side.

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Raoul received a concession call from the Democratic runner-up, former Gov. Pat Quinn. Raoul beat eight other Democratic hopefuls, and said that he would expand “on” the work of Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who had notice of a surprise that they would not be a fifth term in office want.

Raoul and Quinn sparred in the competition of the campaign ads that accuse themselves mutually of conflicts of interest and other inappropriate behavior.

Harold, who was crowned Miss America 2003 end of the year in 2002, received financial assistance from Gov. Bruce Rauner and support of the Illinois Republican party. She is handily defeated former Burr Ridge mayor Gary Grasso.

She said she was engaged to for “all Illinoisans, regardless of the political affiliation” promises to be an independent voice that can stand up to political corruption.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Harold serves on the board of Prison Fellowship, a Christian Ministry, provides assistance for those who are in prison.

You faced controversy during the election after it was reported that she said, while competing for the Miss Illinois in 2000, to give you rather a foster child to a known child molester rather than a same-sex couple. Their campaign, said Harold could not remember such a comment.

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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