Bell wins over Bob McCulloch

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Wesley Bell

A white Missouri county prosecutor who gained national attention in his handling of the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has lost a primary challenge to a black Ferguson councilman.

That’s according to unofficial results from St. Louis County.

Wesley Bell’s win over St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary on Tuesday means he’s all but certain to become prosecutor; no Republicans were on the ballot. McCulloch was seeking an eighth term.

Bell is a 43-year-old attorney and former municipal judge and prosecutor. He was elected councilman in 2015 as protests continued to rage over Brown’s death.

Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, died Aug. 9, 2014, in a street confrontation with white officer Darren Wilson, who wasn’t charged.

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