Mark Brnovich will replace Tom Horne as Arizona attorney general.
The Republican took an early lead over Democratic candidate Felecia Rotellini, and ended up winning the race with 53 percent of votes. Rotellini got about 47 percent.
A war of words and accusations marked the race for Arizona attorney general, with Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini bickering throughout the campaign.
During debates, Brnovich often brought up his desire to fight what he called federal overreach and making the federal government “do its job.”
“Whether that is suing the federal government over ... funding, whether it is suing the federal government over not securing the border,” Brnovich said. “More importantly, I have a history of going after the gangs and the cartels. We need to make sure we cut off the heads of the snakes and aggressively prosecute.”
Rotellini criticized Brnovich for that stance on drug cartels. She said it shows he doesn’t understand the job of attorney general, which is to focus on the "civil side of the equation," the money side. She said it is the job of county attorneys to go after violence associated with smuggling.
Brnovich beat incumbent Horne in the August primary election, ending the possibility of a 2012 rematch in which Horne narrowly defeated Rotellini.