Josh Stein wins re-election as attorney general of North Carolina

WBTV News Now: Breaking down the North Carolina Attorney General race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Democrat Josh Stein has won re-election as attorney general of North Carolina in the 2020 general election.

Stein, the incumbent, defeated Republican challenger Jim O’Neill.

According to the Associated Press, Stein finished with 2,713,407 votes while O’Neill had 2,699,781 votes.

In North Carolina, the attorney general represents all state government departments, agencies and commissions in legal matters. The AG provides legal opinions to the General Assembly, the Governor, or any other public official when requested.

The state attorney general also consults with and advises judges, district attorneys, magistrates and municipal and county attorneys when they request assistance and when permitted under the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The AG may intervene in proceedings before any courts, regulatory officers, agencies or bodies, either state or federal, on behalf of the State. The attorney general may also institute court proceeding on behalf of the State, its agencies or its citizens in any and all public interest matters.

The state attorney general handles all criminal appeals from state trial courts.

Here’s some information about each candidate.

Josh Stein has been Attorney General of North Carolina since 2017.

Stein served as a member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 16 from 2008 to 2016.

He served as senior deputy general for consumer protection from 2001 to 2008.

Stein also worked as a campaign manager and deputy chief of staff for Senator John Edwards from 1997 to 2000.

Outside of politics, Stein has worked as a teacher, real estate project manager and development director.

Stein earned his B.A. in history from Dartmouth College in 1988, and his J.D. and M.P.P. in Law and Public Policy from Harvard University in 1995.

The 2020 general election was Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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