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Weiser wins race to become attorney general as Brauchler concedes

DENVER — Republican George Brauchler conceded the Colorado attorney general’s race on Wednesday morning to Democrat Phil Weiser.

Weiser becomes the first Democrat since 2005 to hold the job after gaining about 50 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District attorney and Aurora theater shooting prosecutor.

Weiser declared victory shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday but Brauchler did not concede until Wednesday morning.

Weiser, a first-time political candidate, is the former dean of CU’s Law School, a former Justice Department appointee under President Obama, and is supportive of sanctuary cities.

“We in Colorado have a unique opportunity to be a model for our nation during a challenging time,” Weiser said during a victory speech Tuesday night.

“The hard issues we can confront — building an inclusive Colorado, managing our water in the face climate change, addressing the opioid epidemic, and providing accessible and affordable health care, to name a few — are challenges that are not being addressed in Washington.”

Brauchler initially announced he was running for governor before switching to the attorney general’s race.

Weiser will replace outgoing Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. He will be the first Democrat to serve as attorney general since Ken Salazar from 1999 to 2005.

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