MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota voters have re-elected Lori Swanson to a third term as attorney general, extending the DFL Party's 43-year lock on the office.

Swanson defeated GOP state Sen. Scott Newman of Hutchinson.

Swanson campaigned on her record of consumer protection as the state's chief legal officer. She has gone after unscrupulous medical debt-collection agencies, and taken on for-profit colleges that she said misled veterans about their job prospects after graduation.

Newman, a former Hennepin County deputy sheriff and former public defender in St. Louis County, said he'd remove partisanship from the office.