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Shurtleff Wins Re-election Bid

Shurtleff Wins Re-election Bid

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Attorney General Mark Shurtleff won re-election Tuesday, handily securing a second term as the state's top lawyer.

Shurtleff, who was elected four years ago, had 67 percent of the votes with 99 percent of the state's precincts reporting. Democratic challenger Greg Skordas was well behind with 29 percent, followed by Libertarian candidate Andrew McCullough with 3 percent.

"I really am honored by the fact that such a large number of Utahns like what I've done," Shurtleff said.

Shurtleff said he got a concession call from Skordas late Tuesday, acknowledging that the race was all but over even with half of the precincts still to report.

"There were always polls that showed us way ahead, but I didn't want to rely on them," said Shurtleff, 47. "We worked hard, raised a lot of money and spent a lot of money."

Skordas and Shurtleff nearly ran against each other in 2000, but Skordas stepped aside for incumbent Reed Richards. Shurtleff handily unseated Richards and ended Democrats' 12-year hold on the job.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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