The Latest: Kaul says abortion ban should be overturned

The Latest on Wisconsin attorney general race (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Democratic attorney general candidate Josh Kaul says the Wisconsin Legislature should make clear in state law that women can legally seek abortions in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court leaves that question to states.

Kaul is challenging Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel in November. Kaul told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that if elected he would work with the Legislature to overturn the state abortion ban law that was passed prior to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal.

That position puts him at odds with Schimel, who in 2012 endorsed a Wisconsin Right to Life legal white paper that argued for keeping the law on the books.

Schimel was Waukesha County district attorney at the time, two years before he was elected attorney general.


9:40 a.m.

Democratic Wisconsin attorney general candidate Josh Kaul is challenging Republican incumbent Brad Schimel to eight debates across the state.

Kaul made the request to Schimel in a letter delivered Wednesday. He wants to hold a debate in each of the state’s eight congressional districts.

Kaul tells The Associated Press in an interview that he believes it’s necessary to have the debates in different parts of the state so they can address issues of importance in those areas.

Challengers frequently want numerous debates against incumbents to raise their profiles. Neither Kaul nor Schimel face primary opponents and the race has garnered far less attention so far than others, like the Republican primary for U.S. Senate or the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Kaul is a former federal prosecutor and Schimel is seeking a second term.


8:34 a.m.

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel has outraised his Democratic challenger Josh Kaul over the first six months of the year.

Schimel said Wednesday that he raised $671,000 over that period, compared with 570,000 that Kaul brought in. Schimel says he has more than $1 million cash on hand, while Kaul says he has about $680,000.

Kaul is a former federal prosecutor who is taking on Schimel as he seeks a second term.

Neither candidate has run any television ads in advance of the November election.

Schimel says he has raised more than $1.6 million to date for the campaign.

The campaign finance reports are due to the state on Monday and offer a measurement of how well candidates are doing with their supporters.