Phil Weiser, a former dean of the University of Colorado Law School, has won the Democratic primary for Colorado attorney general over state Rep. Joe Salazar.

Salazar conceded Saturday, after the latest vote totals from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office showed him more than 5,000 votes behind Weiser. The victory, which comes four days after Election Day, is a stunning win for Weiser, given that he had a mountain to climb over Salazar’s significant name recognition.

“I am humbled and honored by this win. I had a great call with Joe Salazar earlier today, and we are excited to work together to ensure Colorado has a Democratic Attorney General in 2018,” Weiser said in a statement Saturday. “Joe is a fierce advocate for social justice and a true fighter for those less fortunate, from the homeless to those treated unfairly by our criminal justice system. I am a far better candidate because of the experience running against him in this primary and share his commitment to listening to those who are not often heard.”

Weiser, who also worked for former President Barack Obama, was planning to spend more than $500,000 in the weeks leading up to primary Election Day on television ads trying to get his name and message out before voters. Those efforts were boosted by a late endorsement from Gov. John Hickenlooper — the Democrat’s only endorsement of a statewide candidate in a primary contest.

Salazar, on the other hand, won backing from Vermont U.S. Sen. and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, running an anti-establishment campaign with promises of shaking up the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

“I want to sincerely congratulate our nominee, Phil Weiser,” Salazar said in a statement Saturday conceding the race. “He ran a great campaign in a tough race. We’ve started a lot

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