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Healey Takes Democratic Primary For Mass. AG


Maura Healey has won the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts attorney general after a hard-fought primary race.

Healey has been an assistant attorney general for seven years and led the office's civil rights division. She defeated former state Sen. Warren Tolman in Tuesday's voting.

Healey will face Republican John Miller in the November election.

The onetime Harvard University basketball star says her experience in the attorney general's office makes her uniquely qualified to succeed Martha Coakley, who ran for governor.

Healey has called for repeal of the state's casino gambling law, a position that put her at odds with Tolman and many other Democrats.  Gov. Deval Patrick had endorsed Tolman.

She prevailed despite Gov. Deval Patrick's endorsement of her opponent. Healey said the endorsement only showed that the "Beacon Hill establishment" was worried about her upstart campaign.