Atlanta, GA (AP) - Former Cobb County Commission chair Sam Olens
defeated Democrat Ken Hodges to win the race to fill Georgia's
first open attorney general's seat in decades.
Unofficial returns Tuesday show Olens with 54 percent of the
vote after 87 percent of the precincts were counted. He will
succeed Democrat Thurbert Baker, who launched an unsuccessful
campaign for governor.
Olens, who is 53, vowed throughout the campaign that he would
join the legal fight against President Barack Obama's health care
reform, work to adopt tougher immigration laws and help sort out a
compromise in Georgia's long-running fight over water with Alabama
Hodges, a 45-year-old former Dougherty County district attorney,
said his experience in the courtroom made him the best candidate
for the job. Libertarian Don Smart tried to play the spoiler.
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