Horne defeats Rotellini to become Arizona's new AG

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Republican Tom Horne defeated Democrat Felecia Rotellini on Tuesday to become Arizona's new attorney general.

Horne succeeds Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Democratic nominee for governor.

The race between Horne and Rotellini had been brutal.

Horne accused Rotellini of overselling her courtroom experience in her 13 years as a lawyer for the attorney general's office.

Rotellini said Horne was trying to divert attention from his lack of prosecutorial experience and the revocation of his license to sell securities decades ago.

Horne served as the state's public schools chief since 2003. Rotellini was Arizona's superintendent of financial institutions from 2006-2009.

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