Healey the projected winner of AG’s primary

BOSTON (WWLP) – Maura Healey has won the Democratic Party’s nomination for Massachusetts Attorney General, 22News projects. The position of top state prosecutor and public advocate had had been held by Martha Coakley since 2007, but she declined to run for re-election in order to run for governor.

With 62% of precincts reporting, Healey has a commanding lead over Warren Tolman, with 62% of the vote to Tolman’s 48%.

Healey had been an assistant attorney general under Coakley, but she pointed out policy difference from her former boss, including an opposition to casino gambling, which Coakley supports. She did, however, tout her experiences as a prosecutor in ads and on the campaign trail.

Tolman is a former state senator who received the endorsement of Governor Deval Patrick, as well as some major labor groups. This is not his first run for statewide office, as he ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1998 as the running mate of Scott Harshbarger. In the campaign, Tolman highlighted his role in bringing about the now-repealed abortion clinic “buffer zone” law, and his support for fingerprint trigger locks on guns.

Healey will face Republican John Miller in November.

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