State executive official elections, 2011

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Four states were scheduled to have state executive official elections in 2011. A total of 13 state executive seats and 13 down ballot seats were up for election.

Positions included gubernatorial offices in four states and state commissioners in three states. The general election in most states was held on November 8, 2011. Primary elections, however varied from state to state and took place in May, August and October.

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2011
State Executive Official Elections

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1 May 14 (WV)
2 May 17 (KY)
3 August 2 (MS)
4 August 23 (MS runoff)
5 October 22 (LA)

May 14

West Virginia

May 17

Kentucky

August 2

Mississippi

August 23

Mississippi runoff elections

October 22

Louisiana

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Kentucky

Kentucky state executive official elections, 2011

Six state executive positions were up for election in 2011. These included: the gubernatorial offices of governor and lieutenant governor, as well as attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, auditor and commissioner of agriculture. The Primary election was scheduled for May 17, 2011, while the General election was held on November 8, 2011.

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Louisiana

Louisiana state executive official elections, 2011

Seven state executive positions were up for election in 2011. These included offices for: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry and Commissioner of Insurance. All seven of the races were decided in the primary election on October 22, 2011. Though the Louisiana general election scheduled for November 19, 2011 included races in the state house and state senate, no executive offices appeared on the ballot.[1]

Mississippi

Mississippi state executive official elections, 2011

Nine state executive positions were up for election in 2011. These included offices for: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, state auditor, Chairman of Public Service Commission, Commissioner of Insurance and Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. The Primary election took place on August 2, 2011, while the General election was held on November 8, 2011.

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West Virginia

West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

One state executive position was up for election in 2011. There was a special election held for governor to fill a vacancy in the office. The Primary election was held on May 14, 2011, and the general election was held on October 4, 2011.

NOTE: West Virginia held a special election following a court order. However, as the Senate President holds the office of Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia ex officio, the ballot did not include a line for the lieutenant governor.
Governor of West Virginia, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 49.6% 149,202
     Republican Bill Maloney 47% 141,656
     Mountain Party Bob Henry Baber 2% 6,083
     Independent Marla Ingels 1% 2,875
     American Third Position Harry Bertram 0.4% 1,111
     Write-In Phil Hudok 0% 76
     Write-In Donald Lee Underwood 0% 54
     Write-In John R. "Rick" Bartlett 0% 27
Total Votes 301,084
Election Results Via: West Virginia Secretary of State


Gubernatorial

See also: Gubernatorial elections, 2011

Lt. Governor

See also: Lieutenant Governor elections, 2011
NOTE: West Virginia held a special election following a court order. However, as the Senate President holds the office of Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia ex officio, the ballot did not include a line for the lieutenant governor.

Secretary of State

See also: Secretary of State elections, 2011

Three secretary of state elections were scheduled for November 8, 2011. Two of the seats that were up for election were held by a Republican while another was held by a Democrat. There was no partisan change in the three seats, but one incumbent, Elaine Walker, lost in the Democratic primary election.

Attorney General

See also: Attorney General elections, 2011

Three state attorney general elections were scheduled for November 8, 2011. Two of the seats that were up for election were held by a Democrat, and one was held by a Republican. All incumbents held on to their seats.

State Treasurer

See also: Treasurer

Auditor

See also: Auditor

Public Services Commissioner

See also: Public Services Commissioner

Commissioner of Insurance

See also: Insurance Commissioner

Commissioner of Agriculture

See also: Agriculture Commissioner

13 state executive seats and 13 down ballot seats were up for election in a total of four states. An overview of Ballotpedia's projected outcomes for 2011's state executive elections can be viewed below. It must be noted that the review focuses on the top 13 seats which include Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State.

Democrats

Before election: 6

Projected after election: 6

Actual Results: 6
Toss-up

0
Republicans

Before election: 7

Projected after election: 7

Actual Results: 7
6 Safe 7 Safe


(last updated November 2011)


For a complete breakdown by office, including methodology, click here.

Changes

Month Safe D Likely D Lean D Tossup Lean R Likely R Safe R
August 0 3 0 3 1 2 4
September 0 5 1 0 0 2 5
October 1* 4 1 0 0 2 5

*Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin won West Virginia's special gubernatorial election on October 4, 2011.

Incumbents

The incumbent sought re-election in 11 (61.1%) of the state executive elections in Kentucky and Mississippi; 10 won re-election. Elaine Walker, the outgoing Kentucky Secretary of State, lost in the primary election. Of the 8 incumbents that did not seek re-election:

  • 3 ran for a different office
  • 3 were term-limited (one of whom ran for a different office)
  • 1 retired

In the West Virginia special general election Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin secured his seat as Governor after defeating four challengers. Tomblin's win marked the first incumbent to win a state executive general election in 2011.

Office Total seats Seats up for election Incumbents running (Primary) Incumbents won primary Incumbents lost primary Incumbents running (General) Incumbents won general Incumbents lost general
Governor 50 4 3 2 - 2 1 -
Lt. Governor 45 3 1 - - - - -
Attorney General 50 3 3 2 0 2 - -
Secretary of State 47 3 3 1 1 1 - -
Treasurer 48 3 1 1 - 2[2] - -
Auditor 47 2 - - - 1 - -
Public Services Commissioner -[3] 3[4] 1 1 - 3 - -
Insurance Commissioner 50 2 1[5] -[5] -[5] 1 - -
Agriculture Commissioner 50 3 1[6] - - 1 - -
Total 378 26 (6.88%) 14 7 1 13 1 0


Political party overview

The chart below remained unchanged from September's report despite the concluded general election in West Virginia. The West Virginia special gubernatorial election was held on October 4, 2011. Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated Republican Bill Maloney, Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber, Independent candidate Marla Ingels, and American Third Position candidate Harry Bertram. Click here for election results.

The chart below reflects the state executive offices up for election in 2011, nine, and the total United States political party breakdown prior for the November general elections for those offices. However, the Public Services Commissioner office was not included in this chart as totals were not readily available (some states have more than one elected officer).

There are 14+ distinct state executives offices in the United States, not all are reflected here.

Of the eight offices up for election (not including Public Service Commissioners) there were an estimated 387 officers, of which 128 are appointed and nonpartisan. However, of the elected officers at the time, 27% were Democrats and 40% were Republicans.

Pre-2011 general election political party breakdown
Office Democratic Party Democratic Republican Party Republican Independent Independent Nonpartisan Total seats
Governor 20 29 1 0 50
Lt. Governor 15 30 0 0 45
Attorney General 21 22 0 7 50
Secretary of State 15 20 0 12 47
Treasurer 16 21 0 11 48
Auditor 12 14 0 21 47
Insurance Commissioner 5 6 0 39 50
Agriculture Commissioner 1 12 0 38 50
Total 105 (27.13%) 154 (39.79%) 1 (2.58%) 128 (33.86%) 387

Note: Public Services Commissioner was not included in this chart as totals were not readily available.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown seeks re-election in 2012

By Bailey Ludlam

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown

SALEM, Oregon: On Wednesday, December 14, current Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown announced that she will be seeking re-election in 2012.

According to news reports, the announcement was made via e-mail to supporters. The e-mail said in part, "I'm proud of the work I've done for the people of Oregon. As Secretary of State, I've cracked down on fraud and abuse in the ballot initiative process, I've audited State agencies to identify over $180 million dollars in taxpayer savings and I've fought to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballot in our elections."[7]

Brown was first elected as Oregon Secretary of State in 2008. Brown won the 2008 general election by 51%. She faced Republican Rick Dancer and Progressive Party candidate Seth A. Woolley.

The secretary of state election is one of four state executive office elections in the northwestern state. Other seats up for election include: attorney general, state treasurer and commissioner of labor and industries.


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