Candidates for Secretary of State, 2010

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Candidates for Secretary of State, 2010

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As of Wednesday, August 25, 2010, there are a grand total of eighty-one candidates who remain in the running for the statewide office of secretary of state in each of the respective 26 contests taking place in November.

Of the 81 candidates still campaigning for the statewide governmental position, here is the breakdown via party lines:

However, at its peak, there were as many as 104 candidates who had filed official nominating papers in the race for secretary of state; 25 candidates, therefore, were, at one point, vying for the statewide position, but as of now are no longer in contention.

Ten of those candidates dropped out of the race prior to their state's respective primary contest. Here is the breakdown via party lines:

Nineteen others lost their respective party's nomination in primary elections. Here is the breakdown via party lines:

At this point in the 2010 election cycle, all signature-filling deadlines in each of the respective 26 states with secretary of state elections have lapsed. There remain three states who still have yet to hold a primary election; these states include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

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  1. The Detroit News, "WSU professor to run for Secretary of State" 5 Oct. 2009
  2. VT Digger, "On video: Jim Condos announces bid for Vermont Secretary of State; runs on transparency platform" 1 April, 2010
  3. Phoenix New Times, "Chris Deschene's Eyeing Run for Arizona Secretary of State" 12 Nov. 2009
  4. The State, "Woman running for S.C. secretary of state" 8 Oct. 2009
  5. KX Net, "Mock Runs for Secretary of State" 23 Feb. 2010
  6. The Tolbert Report, "Pat O’Brien is now officially running for Secretary of State" 27 May, 2009
  7. The Columbus Dispatch, "O'Shaughnessy gets into secretary of state race" 1 Feb. 2010 (dead link)
  8. Star Tribune, "Dem enters secretary of state race" 21 May, 2010
  9. Blue Indiana, "Vop Osili to launch campaign in October" 1 Oct. 2009
  10. Omaha World Herald, "Second Dem to run for state sec." 30 Oct. 2009
  11. Woburn Advocate, "City Clerk Campbell running for secretary of state" 9 March, 2010
  12. The New Mexico Independent, "Sen. Dianna Duran to run for Secretary of State" 9 Feb. 2010
  13. The Michigan Messenger, "McManus makes run for secretary of state official" 22 July, 2009
  14. NBC Chicago, "Illinois Races: Robert Enriquez for Sec. of State" 3 Nov. 2009
  15. Hartford Courant, "Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. To Seek Secretary Of State Position" 16 Jan. 2010
  16. Face the State, "Gessler files for 2010 secretary of state election" 8 Jan. 2009 (dead link)
  17. The Burlington Free Press, "Gibbs to run for Vermont secretary of state" 30 April, 2010
  18. Buckeye Firearms Association, "Jon Husted makes his run for Secretary of State official" 3 April, 2009
  19. Crain's Detroit Business, "Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson joins secretary of state field" 23 April, 2010
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  21. The Topeka Capital-Journal, "GOP primary assured" 26 May, 2009
  22. The Record Courier, "Lauer to run for secretary of state" 13 Feb. 2010
  23. Arkansas Business, "Rep. Mark Martin To Make Bid For Secretary Of State" 7 Jan. 2010
  24. Des Moines Register, "Republican Schultz to announce bid for secretary of state Saturday" 30 Oct. 2009
  25. Hoosier Access, "Charlie White announces 2010 run for Indiana secretary of state" 15 Sept. 2009
  26. Connecticut Public Broadcast Network, "Republican Announces Candidacy for Secretary of the State" 29 June, 2009
  27. My Record Journal, "Farrell will not face primary challenge" 24 May, 2010
  28. MLive, "State Sen. Cameron Brown announces bid for secretary of state" 11 Feb. 2009
  29. Salina Journal, "Claeys makes progress on statewide election" 20 April, 2009
  30. Iowa Republican, "George Eichhorn Announces for Iowa Secretary of State" 17 Dec. 2009
  31. Kansas City Star, "Republican Elizabeth Ensley announces candidacy for Kansas secretary of state" 19 Jan. 2010 (dead link)
  32. Peach Pundit, "Doug MacGinnitie Enters the SoS Race" 5 March, 2009
  33. Right Michigan, "RightMichigan Exclusive: An Interview with 2010 Secretary of State Candidate Michelle McManus " 16 Jan. 2009
  34. The Michigan Messenger, "Calhoun County Clerk and Register of Deeds is in the running for Secretary of State" 8 Jan. 2009
  35. Weapons of Mass Discussion, "Sandy O'Brien Announces for Ohio Secretary of State" 11 June, 2009
  36. Rutland Herald, "Chris Roy announces he will run for secretary of state" 14 Feb. 2009
  37. The Iowa Republican, "Sanger Joins Secretary of State Campaign" 9 March, 2010
  38. WLAJ Channel 3 "MI Rep. Paul Scott wants secretary of state nod" 18 Jan. 2010
  39. Brian Dennert Here, "Assembly Member Audra Strickland Preparing To Run For Secretary Of State Against Debra Bowen" 19 Jan. 2009
  40. Ventura County Star, "Audra Strickland to run for county treasurer" 11 Nov. 2009
  41. Daily Kos, "Orly Taitz running for CA Secretary of State" 3 March, 2010
  42. Progress Ohio, "Announcement: Marilyn Brown for Secretary of State" 26 March, 2009
  43. The Review, "Marilyn Brown withdraws from Secretary of State race" 5 Oct. 2009
  44. Georgia Federation of Democratic Women GRAPEVINE "Sen. Gail Buckner -- Candidate for Secretary of State" 16 Dec. 2009 (dead link)
  45. Capitol Watch, "Gerry Garcia Running For Secretary Of The State" 30 Oct. 2009
  46. Glass City Jungle, "Jennifer Garrison announces campaign for Ohio Secretary of State" 3 Aug. 2009
  47. Marietta Times, "Garrison envisions politics in her future" 2 Feb. 2010
  48. West Hartford News, "Sen. Harris announces candidacy for Secretary of State" 1 April, 2010
  49. West Hartford News, "Harris ends bid for secretary of state" 11 June, 2010
  50. Fresh Loaf, "Gary Horlacher to run for Secretary of State" 28 April, 2009
  51. Times Argus, "Roy, Merriman eye secretary of state's race" 10 March, 2009
  52. SWGA Politics, "Gary Horlacher Has Some Competition for Democratic Nomination for Secretary of State" 27 Aug. 2009
  53. Georgia Federation of Democratic Women GRAPEVINE "Angela Moore announces for SOS" 15 Dec. 209 (dead link)
  54. Nebraska Democratic Party, "Democrat Kris Pierce to launch campaign for Secretary of State" 28 Oct. 2009
  55. KMTV - Action 3 News, "Pierce drops out of state race to seek Omaha seat" 1 March, 2010 (dead link)
  56. El Dorado Times, "Chris Steineger Announces Candidacy for Kansas Secretary of State" 22 Jan. 2010
  57. Times Record Online, "Clerk Seeks Statewide Office" 18 June, 2009
  58. All Business, "Former Arizona Real Estate Commissioner Sam Wercinski announces candidacy for Secretary of State" 31 Aug. 2009
  59. The Cabin, "Wilcox announces bid for secretary of state" 17 June, 2009