Hawley easily wins hotly contested Republican attorney general primary

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Political novice Josh Hawley toppled state Sen. Kurt Schaefer in the hotly contested Republican primary race for attorney general. Hawley advanced to the Nov. 8 general election.

In the run-up to Tuesday, Schaefer and Hawley slammed each other with attack ads in a race that also included lawsuits and ethics complaints. Republicans hope to seize the office for the first time in more than two decades.

The current attorney general, Democrat Chris Koster, is running to replace Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.