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New York elects first black attorney general

HISTORIC: Newly elected New York attorney general Letitia James campaigning prior to her win

LETITIA JAMES has become the first black woman to be elected to a statewide office and the first black person to serve as attorney general.

James, a democrat, won with an overwhelming majority.

A born and bred Brooklynite, James, who is affectionately known as Tish, shared her reaction to the result on social media.

She tweeted: “Thank you New York. Tonight we made history. This is a night for justice, a night for our future. I am proud to be a New Yorker who knows it's our diversity, strength, courage and determination that makes us great. As your attorney general I promise to fight for all of us.”

Her supporters responded to her tweet with their messages of congratulations.

One said: “Congratulations. I told any and everybody to vote for you Tish James.”

Another tweeted: “Congrats! We expect great things and know you will deliver!”

In her acceptance speech, James pledged to investigate president Donald Trump’s real estate activities.

“New Yorkers, we can spot a con man.

“We can spot a carnival barker. I will shine a light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing,” Bloomberg reported she said.

At the time when votes from 43 per cent of the precincts had been counted, James was leading with a majority of 74.5 per cent, giving her a margin in excess of a million votes compared to that of her opponent, Republican nominee Keith H Wofford.

James has promised to be an advocate for everyday New Yorkers and to stand up for their rights.

The 60-year-old is also the first woman in New York to be elected attorney general. She will take over from Barbara D Underwood, who was appointed to the post by the State Legislature after former attorney general Eric T Schneiderman resigned.

Schneiderman’s resignation came after allegations of abuse were brought against him by numerous women.

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