Kathleen Kane has become the first woman and the first Democrat to be elected as Pennsylvania's attorney general since the office was created in 1980.
Kane, a former assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, defeated Republican Dave Freed, the district attorney in Cumberland County.
Kane during her campaign accused Freed of being "hand picked" by Governor Tom Corbett and pledged to investigate why it took three years for the current attorney general's office to bring charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
She also promised to cut down on government corruption and said she
will be "an independent watchdog" for citizens of Pennsylvania.
"The attorney general's office is, by law, an independent agency, so I will do as I've always done in investigations, and I prosecuted public corruption cases before. I will do my job," Kane said Tuesday night. "I will follow the truth based upon the facts, no matter where they lead."
Freed gave his concession speech to a crowd of supporters at the Raddison Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill. He told the crowd he called Kane to congratulate her on her win.
"I knew it was a tough race," Freed said. "The results certainly didn't turn out the way we hoped, but a prosecutor that doesn't take on the tough cases is not a true prosecutor. If I knew then what I knew now, I may change some small details, but I would do it again in a minute."
With his wife and children by his side on stage, Freed thanked his family and friends for their support.
"When I announced my entry into this race, I told the crowd that day, based on the support by my friends, family, and community, I had already won," he said. "My opinion has not changed. While I may have fallen short in this race, I am incredibly excited to continue my work as district attorney."
Freed said he will become the president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association in July.
Current Attorney General Linda Kelly was appointed when Corbett took office in January. She did not seek election.
Marakay Rogers, a York lawyer and political activist, ran as a Libertarian candidate.