DETROIT — Republican Bill Schuette has won the race for Michigan attorney general, easily defeating his Democratic opponent.
The 57-year-old from Midland bested Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton in what had been a bitter campaign.
Schuette received 54 percent of the vote and Leyton had 42 percent, with 67 percent of precincts reporting. He succeeds Republican Mike Cox, who couldn't run again because of Michigan's term limits law.
The former state Appeals Court judge, state senator and congressman from Midland had led Leyton in the polls and with name recognition.
The 57-year-old Leyton from Flint Township was elected prosecutor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.
Libertarian candidate Daniel Grow and Gerald Van Sickle of the U.S. Taxpayers Party also ran for attorney general.