Josh Hawley, Teresa Hensley win attorney general primaries

University of Missouri Law School professor Josh Hawley won the Republican nomination for attorney general on Tuesday night, the Associated Press reported.

Hawley, 36, a self-proclaimed “political outsider,” got 64 percent of the vote in defeating state Sen. Kurt Schaefer. Born in Lexington, Hawley graduated from Stanford University with a degree in history and went on to Yale Law School.

In the last five years, Hawley has served as a senior counsel to the Washington.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and founded the Missouri Liberty Project. He has positioned himself as a staunch advocate for religious freedom and gun rights.

Former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley won the Democratic nomination over St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.

Hensley, who in a campaign video focused on her history of “seeking justice for the most vulnerable,” has touted her experience in the courtroom as preparation for serving as the state’s top attorney.

“You’re the top managing partner of a pretty big law firm,” she told St. Louis Public Radio. “And it is at the same time an office that handles tremendous prosecutorial cases, like murder cases and child sex abuse cases — all of which I’ve taken great priority and training to make sure we’re handling those cases appropriately.”

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