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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will hand over the chairmanship of the Republican Attorneys General Association on Saturday with a bigger share of Republican colleagues in state capitals next year.

As chairman of RAGA, Schuette traveled the country in the past year to help the organization, its incumbents and candidates raise about $18 million to spend on contentious races, particularly in West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri.

In 2017, Republicans will see their majority of attorneys general from grow from 27 to 29 following Tuesday’s wins and after incoming New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu appoints a new attorney general for the Granite State.

“I’m real pleased by that,” Schuette said Friday. “A lot of work, good team effort.”

In Missouri, 36-year-old Josh Hawley became the first Republican to win the Attorney General’s office in the Show-Me State in 28 years.

“We got a great pickup seat in Missouri for the first time in a long time,” Schuette said. “Josh Hawley did a very nice job, and he’s gonna be a real star, I think, on the AGs’ scene.”

On Saturday, Schuette’s term as chair of RAGA will end.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange will become the group’s new chairman.

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