Daniel Cameron wins battle for Attorney General

Published: Nov. 5, 2019 at 5:09 PM EST
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The race for Attorney General saw Floyd County native Greg Stumbo, a well-known name in Kentucky politics, run against Republican newcomer Daniel Cameron.

Republican Daniel Cameron was elected as Kentucky Attorney General, making him the first African American to win the office.

Cameron says he is grateful for the people of Kentucky who wanted a new start.

“Who is going to get back to the bread and butter basics of being the chief law enforcement officer and defending and enforcing the laws that are passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor," said Cameron.

Stumbo was looking to take back the seat he held from 2004 to 2008.

"In the political arena there really aren't losers. Yes, somebody gets more votes than the other candidate, but I will guarantee you that everyone who took the challenge to put their name on the ballot will tell you that their, that your world grew, that they met new people they saw things differently," said Stumbo.

Cameron clerked for a federal judge and later served as legal counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

A lawsuit was filed against Cameron, questioning his qualifications to lead as Attorney General. A judge dismissed them in early October.

Throughout the campaign, Cameron argued Stumbo abandoned his office in 2008 when he ran for Lieutenant Governor alongside Bruce Lunsford.

The attack ads became personal and both believe they ran strong enough campaigns to take office.

"It's really heartwarming and encouraging when folks, regardless of political affiliation, walk up to you and express support for you that you put yourself out there and made the decision to put your name on a ballot," said Cameron.

"People recognize the Attorney General's Office is a little bit different. It's like hiring an attorney. You don't want someone who's never been to court if you've got a case to take there. You want somebody who's been there. Who's been through the court rooms, through the civil process, the criminal process," said Stumbo.

You can see results from the election