In races for state attorney general, Democrats ousted the incumbent in Kansas and picked up two open seats from Republicans, increasing their hold on the positions nationwide from 29 to 31, reports Stateline.org. The GOP picked up one Democratic seat in Wisconsin. In Kansas, Democrat Paul Morrison defeated incumbent Republican Attorney General Phill Kline by 58 to 42 percent. Democrats also gained in Nevada and Ohio, winning open seats formerly held by Republicans. In Wisconsin, incumbent Democratic Attorney General Peggy Lautenschlager had lost the primary.
Kline blamed national abortion rights groups for pouring nearly a million dollars into the race to help his Democratic opponent, who switched over from the GOP prior to the race. Kline angered critics by subpoenaing women's medical records from two abortion clinics. Democrats won all but two of 12 open attorneys general races, including Arkansas, California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio. Florida Republican Bill McCollum held onto that state’s Republican-controlled attorney general office, defeating Democrat Walter Campbell.