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Colorado attorney general: Weiser wins reelection, NBC News reports

Democratic incumbent Phil Weiser faced Republican challenger John Kellner in the Nov. 8 elections to decide who will lead the state’s attorney general office.

DENVER — Democratic incumbent Phil Weiser has defeated Republican challenger John Kellner in Tuesday’s election for state attorney general, according to NBC News.

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Weiser was elected to his first four-year term as attorney general in 2018. In Colorado, the attorney general can serve up to two consecutive four-year terms if re-elected.

"We know that our democracy is facing great strains, and in Colorado we can, and we must, be a beacon for our nation," Weiser said in his victory speech.

Kellner was sworn in as the district attorney of the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, in January 2021. He defeated Democrat Amy Padden in the race to replace a term-limited George Brauchler. 

The results are below:

Kellner said in his concession speech that he called to congratulate Weiser and that his campaign helped to elevate issues of public safety, such as car theft and the fentanyl crisis, across the state.

“We made some inroads in this state that may be easy to overlook," he said. "Throughout this campaign that was so focused on public safety, we changed a lot of hearts and minds around this state about the importance of what’s going on.”

Below is Kellner's concession speech:

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In a 9NEWS debate last month, The candidates focused heavily on rising crime, the fentanyl crisis, and reproductive rights in Colorado, even expressing misgivings about whether their opponent was being genuine in their responses.

You can watch the full debate below:

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