3 Republicans aiming at crime as top SC prosecutor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Three Republicans are touting their crime fighting credentials and a desire to stop the federal government from encroaching on South Carolina's rights in the June 8 primary race for attorney general.

Robert Bolchoz has been a prosecutor in Charleston County and the attorney general's office. He says rooting out corrupt public officials would be among his top priorities if elected.

After 12 years at the helm of one of South Carolina's largest law firms, Leighton Lord says he wants to change the state's criminal sentencing structure.

And Alan Wilson says his experience prosecuting cases in Lexington County and in the attorney general's office make him stand out.

Columbia attorney Matthew Richardson is the only Democrat in the race.

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