Republican Jim Schultz is conceding defeat in the race for Minnesota attorney general.

Schultz said even though the race hadn’t been formally called, he’d call Democratic Attorney General Keith Ellison to congratulate him.  Final unofficial results showed Ellison with less than  a one-percent lead, but his campaign said there’s no way Schultz could close that gap, and it’s outside the threshold for a recount.   Schultz says he’s proud of the race he and his campaign ran and received the highest percentage of the vote for a Republican candidate for statewide constitutional office in 30 years and carried 76 of Minnesota’s 87 counties