COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Alan Wilson defeated Leighton Lord Tuesday night in the heated Republican race for attorney general.
Wilson, who squeezed out a primary win over Leighton lord two weeks ago, walked away with a 67,000-vote spread on Tuesday. Wilson won the nomination for attorney general by 20 percentage points.
It was a race that got rough in the closing days with attack ads blasting Wilson's credentials.
"At times when people compete, two boxers, they take swings at each other and sometimes the swings don't feel fair," Wilson said. "Sometimes they hit hard and sometimes they hurt, but when the boxing match is over, the two boxers exit the ring and they shake hands."
The other 'boxer' was Leighton Lord. "I expected to do better," he said. "I wish I would have done better and the numbers started rolling in and about 30-40 percent, I realized I was going to lose."
Lord picked up the phone and conceded. As for the ads attacking Wilson, Lord says they could have cost him the race.
"I was worried that those third-party ads would backfire on me, even though we had nothing to do with them," Lord said. "But again, I don't know. I really have no idea what turned the voters."
Wilson will face Matthew Richardson, the Democratic candidate, in November. Wilson knows he'll have to continue to fight to sell himself to the voters.
"I'm making a commitment to everybody here tonight that I will do my part to be the best chief prosecutor I can be, to protect you, protect your families and also to protect our constitution," he said.
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