TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

George Sheldon is the winner of the Democratic primary for attorney general.

Sheldon defeated Fort Lauderdale attorney and state Rep. Perry Thurston in Tuesday's election.

The former deputy attorney general most recently worked as assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama.

He will face Republican incumbent Pam Bondi and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer in November.

Sheldon is no stranger to Florida politics, having served as secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families under former Gov. Charlie Crist. He also served in the state House of Representatives from 1974-82 and was a legislative aide to former Sen. Reubin Askew.

The Democratic primary was a low-profile campaign in which the two rivals largely refrained from criticizing each other directly. Instead, they were united in their unfailing criticism of Bondi and the job she has done since taking office in 2011.

They sharply criticized her for opposing a medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot, as well as her fight to retain the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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