Attorney General Race Called in Early Morning Hours

By: Michelle Riell
By: Michelle Riell

The votes are in and J B Van Hollen is the state's Attorney General elect. The race was too close to call Tuesday night and a winner wasn't called until almost 5:00 a.m. Wednesday.

It was a long campaign for both J B Van Hollen and Kathleen Falk and waiting for Tuesday night's election results was no exception. Both candidates waited to address their supporters until all the votes were counted. Once nearly all precincts reported, Van Hollen came out on top by more than 9,000 votes. On Wednesday morning Van Hollen thanked his supporters and talked about his agenda as Attorney General. He said he will work with law enforcement to crack down on gang, drug and gun violence eliminate crime lab back log and enforce ethics laws among other things. When asked about a possible recount, he said, "the people have spoken, the votes have been counted. We've won and we've won with a good margin, I feel very confident that I will be the next attorney general and we'll move forward. What other people do is something I can't control."

Van Hollen went on to say he spoke with Kathleen Falk earlier in the day and says she wished him well and was very gracious. He also spoke with Governor Doyle and says both men agreed to work together in a bipartisan effort for the state.

Van Hollen is set to take office in January.

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