Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Pennsylvania State Executive Officials

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December 14, 2012

By Maresa Strano

Portal:State Executive Officials

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: Three state executive offices were up for election in Pennsylvania this year: attorney general, state treasurer, and auditor general.

Incumbent State Treasurer Rob McCord (D) ran for and won re-election in 2012. As for the other two incumbents whose seats were up for election:

  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly (R) is stepping aside upon the expiration of the term she was appointed to by now Governor Tom Corbett. Kelly's Senate confirmation in 2010 was predicated on a "gentleman's agreement," a staple of Pennsylvania state politics, whereby state-row appointees pledge to not seek a full term to the position in the subsequent election cycle. She will be succeeded by Democrat Kathleen Kane on January 15, 2013. Kane defeated David Freed (R) with over 56% of the vote. She is the first female and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in Pennsylvania.[1]
  • Two term auditor general Jack Wagner (D) could not run this year due to term limits. Pennsylvania State Representative Eugene DePasquale (D) was elected to replace Wagner as the state's top financial watchdog.

Here are the candidates who won election.[2]

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Attorney General Linda Kelly
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Democratic Party Kathleen Kane
Republican Party David Freed
Libertarian Party Marakay Rogers
Democratic Party Kathleen Kane Yes
Treasurer Rob McCord
Rob McCord.jpg
Democratic Party Rob McCord
Republican Party Diana Irey Vaughan
Libertarian Party Patricia Fryman
Democratic Party Rob McCord No
Auditor Jack Wagner
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Democratic PartyEugene DePasquale
Republican Party John Maher
Libertarian PartyBetsy Summers
Democratic Party Eugene DePasquale No


Official Results


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See also: Pennsylvania attorney general election, 2012
Attorney General of Pennsylvania General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Kane 56.1% 3,125,557
     Republican David Freed 41.6% 2,313,506
     Libertarian Marakay Rogers 2.3% 128,140
Total Votes 5,567,203
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.

See also: Pennsylvania down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Pennsylvania Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob McCord Incumbent 52.5% 2,872,344
     Republican Diana Irey Vaughan 44% 2,405,654
     Libertarian Patricia Fryman 3.5% 190,406
Total Votes 5,468,404
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.

See also: Pennsylvania down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Pennsylvania Auditor General General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEugene DePasquale 49.7% 2,729,565
     Republican John Maher 46.4% 2,548,767
     Libertarian Betsy Summers 3.8% 210,786
Total Votes 5,489,118
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.

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States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 were defeated-6 Democrat and 1 Republican. Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau narrowly escaped that fate, having had to wait for her challenger to cancel a self-financed recount on December 11, 2012 before being named the official winner.[3]
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (nonpartisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[4] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 -- the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 50 -1
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Nonpartisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 94
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Nonpartisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

See also

Pennsylvania

References

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