Daniel Cameron (R-Ky.) made history on Tuesday after he won the race for the Kentucky attorney general, becoming the state’s first African American attorney general.
Cameron will also be the first Republican attorney general in Kentucky in 70 years after he handily won his election with a more than 200,000 vote lead over Democrat Gregory Stumbo.
The post opened up after incumbent Andy Beshear (D) ran for governor against incumbent Matt Bevin (R). The latest vote count found Beshear leading Bevin by roughly 5,100 votes with 100% of precincts reporting.
In his victory speech, Cameron promised to “get back to the basics of being the chief law enforcement officer.”
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Cameron vowed to work with Republicans and Democrats “to make sure we’re doing everything we possibly can in the attorney general’s office, to improve the public safety outcomes for the men, women, and children” of the state.
And he promised to enforce the laws passed by the legislature, “I won’t substitute my policy positions for the judgments of the legislature.”
During his time as attorney general, Beshear challenged Bevin and the legislature in court and refused to enforce some laws — such as restrictions on abortions — that he saw as unconstitutional.
Cameron tweeted late Tuesday that he was looking forward to working with President Donald Trump to “to take on the drug crisis, stop illegal immigration, and uphold the rule of law.”
Cameron campaigned on a pro-gun, anti-abortion message and said he supports the construction of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to stem the flow of illegal immigrants coming across the border.
Cameron said that his close relationship with McConnell, who he called a mentor and a friend, would help him get federal resources to combat the state’s drug epidemic.