Republican Schmidt elected state’s attorney general

Derek Schmidt (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Republican Derek Schmidt has won re-election as Kansas attorney general against an underfinanced Democratic opponent.

Schmidt prevailed in Tuesday’s election over Democrat and Topeka attorney A.J. Kotich (KOH’-tich).

Schmidt won his first four-year term in 2010.

He filed a petition last month with the Kansas Supreme Court to overturn an order from the chief district court judge in Johnson County clearing the way for the state’s first legal gay marriage. The same-sex wedding took place, but the Supreme Court blocked further marriages until the case is heard.

Kotich is a former special assistant attorney general and chief counsel for two state agencies, but he raised only about $24,000 in cash contributions for his campaign through late October.

Schmidt has raised more than $490,000 since the start of 2013.

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