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Van Hollen defeats Scott Hassett


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has defeated Democrat Scott Hassett to win a second term.

With 20 percent of precincts reporting, Van Hollen had 63.5 percent to Hassett's 36.5 percent.

The 60-year-old Hassett never mounted much of a challenge to 44-year-old Van Hollen. The former Department of Natural Resources secretary had trouble raising money and struggled to find issues that resonated with voters.

That's because Van Hollen's first term was largely scandal-free. He also delivered on a major promise from his first campaign, eliminating the backlog of DNA evidence at the state crime lab.

Van Hollen went into the election with support from a number of statewide police organizations and district attorneys.

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