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Former state Sen. Warren Tolman has won his party's endorsement for Massachusetts attorney general.
Tolman won 52 percent of the delegate vote to narrowly top Maura Healey, a top aide to current Attorney General Martha Coakley, at the Democratic state convention in Worcester on Saturday.
Both candidates will advance to face each other in the September primary.
Healey is a one-time college basketball player. She said as head of the attorney general's civil rights division, she helped lead the fight for marriage equality and preserving protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics.
Tolman promised if elected he would take on the National Rifle Association, noting that as a lawmaker he battled the tobacco industry while fighting for tougher anti-smoking laws.
Coakley is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.