Letitia James (Tish James) is poised to make history as the first black woman attorney general in New York’s history after she beat three opponents to win the Democratic primary Thursday night by a comfortable margin.James could also become the first black woman in a statewide elected office.
James is expected to become a real headache for Donald Trump and his family, picking up where current Attorney General Barbara Underwood will leave off. James is expected to add more state-led investigations into Trump’s government and business empire.
“This campaign was really never about me, or any of the candidates who ran,” James told supporters in her victory speech.
“It was about the people, but most importantly it was about that man in the White House who can’t go a day without threatening our fundamental rights, can’t go a day without threatening the rights of immigrants, can’t go a day without dividing us.”
"BROOKLYN!" "Yes, we can!" After winning the Democratic primary for state attorney general, Letitia James had a spirited way of thanking her supporters across the state. https://t.co/KorH4df83u. #NY1Politics pic.twitter.com/MT2nn7NNuh
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James beat out Zephyr Teachout, US Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former Hillary Clinton adviser Leecia Eve. She is heavily favored to win the race in November. James, who is New York City’s public advocate, got 41% of the vote; Teachout got 31%; Maloney got 24% and Eve got three percent.