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Originally published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

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Attorney-general race: Dunn, Ferguson move to general election

Conservative Republican Stephen Pidgeon was running a distant third in Tuesday's primary, which moves the top two finishers to the general election regardless of party.

Seattle Times Olympia bureau

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Republican Reagan Dunn and Democrat Bob Ferguson will compete to replace state Attorney General Rob McKenna in November.

Conservative Republican Stephen Pidgeon was running a distant third in Tuesday's primary, which moves the top two finishers to the general election regardless of party. McKenna is the GOP candidate for governor.

"I am really happy with the results, delighted to be the Republican standard-bearer for Attorney General," Dunn said.

"I think you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who will read these result as anything less than a dream start for our campaign," said Ferguson.

Dunn and Ferguson are both from the Seattle area and have both served on the Metropolitan King County Council for several years. They have roughly matched each other in fundraising.

The attorney general's main job is to represent the state in lawsuits and legal issues. The office also handles consumer-protection cases. The attorney general oversees more than 1,100 people, including 525 attorneys. The office's current two-year budget is about $229 million.

Dunn points to his experience as a federal prosecutor in Seattle, while Ferguson stresses his work as a civil litigator at one of Seattle's biggest law firms.

Andrew Garber: 360-236-8266 or agarber@seattletimes.com. Material from The Seattle Times archives and wire reports was included

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