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Leslie Rutledge re-elected as Arkansas' attorney general

Leslie Rutledge is keeping her seat as Arkansas attorney general, according to Talk Business and Politics. (Photo: KATV)

Leslie Rutledge is keeping her seat as Arkansas attorney general, according to Talk Business and Politics' Roby Brock.

Rutledge was first elected as Arkansas attorney general in 2014 and was seeking her second four-year term. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial numbers showed Rutledge leading with 61.97 percent of the vote, Democrat Mike Lee with 35.25 percent of the vote and Libertarian Kerry Hicks with 2.78 percent of the vote.

After winning re-election, Rutledge said she is "humbled by the confidence Arkansas voters have placed in my record" and "couldn't be more optimistic" about the state's future.

During her campaign, she faced complaints that she received donations from a political action committee that had not yet been registered as approved by the state. The Arkansas Ethics Commission began investigating the case.

Rutledge faced off in a debate in the AETN studios against Lee and Hicks in the weeks before the election. There she explained why she thought she should win the vote.

"While we have had record accomplishments in going after criminals [and] record numbers of convictions on Medicaid fraud, we have more work to do, whether it's the public integrity division I have launched or the Social Security disability fraud division," Rutledge said. "But we have more to do in terms of going after more con artists, criminals, bad actors. [And] rolling back some of these regulations, because I want to help job creators in our state.”

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