Republican Curtis Hill elected as Indiana Attorney General

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) – Republican Curtis Hill was elected Indiana’s new Attorney General, according to AP

Hill defeated Democrat Lorenzo Arrendondo in the race.

The two men sought to succeed Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who did not seek a third term after losing May’s Republican primary for a U.S. House seat.

Republicans have held the statewide post since 2001. The duties of the state attorney general’s office include defending Indiana when it’s sued, serving as the legal adviser to state agencies and approving state contracts.

Hill will be the first African-American man to serve as Indiana’s attorney general.

Two black women, both Democrats, have previously held the post.