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Jefferson City woman sues Hawley over where he lives

In a Republican primary dominated by political outsiders, Josh Hawley walked away with the Attorney General nomination Tuesday night. (KRCG 13)

A Missouri Democrat is suing Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley for not living in the capital city.

Donna Mueller, of Jefferson City, sued Hawley Tuesday after saying he is breaking a state law requiring the attorney general to reside in the seat of government.

Hawley has an apartment in Jefferson City but the neighboring county clerk said his permanent residence is in Ashland. Scrutiny over his residency intensified after he voted in an August election in Ashland.

Democrats in particular have questioned Hawley's residency as he campaigns for Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat.

Hawley's Deputy Chief of Staff Loree Anne Paradise said Hawley's residency "clearly complies with Missouri law and precedent." She said his office is in Jefferson City and he has a nearby residence as a matter of custom.

Hawley campaign spokesman Scott Paradise called the lawsuit petty.

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