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

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December 13, 2012

By Jennifer Springer

Portal:State Executive Officials

Salt Lake City, Utah: Five state executive positions were up for election this year in the state of Utah:

Incumbent governor Gary Herbert and running mate Greg Bell ran successfully for re-election on November 6, 2012, defeating Peter Cooke and Vince Rampton (D) and two pairs of third party challengers with over 68% of the total vote.[1]

Incumbent treasurer Richard Ellis (R) defeated Christopher Stout and Vincent Marcus to win re-election. Ellis was first elected in 2008.[2]

State auditor candidate John Dougall defeated Mark Sage (D) and Richard Proctor (Constitution) with over 65% of the vote.[3] Incumbent auditor Auston Johnson (R) ran for re-election but lost to Dougall in the primary. Johnson had served in the position since July 1995.

Here are the candidates who won election.[4]

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Gary Herbert
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Democratic Party Peter Cooke
Republican Party Gary Herbert
Libertarian Party Ken Larsen
Independent Kirk Pearson
Independent Dave Eagle
Gary Herbert No
Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell
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Democratic Party Vince Rampton
Republican Party Greg Bell
Libertarian Party Rob Latham
IndependentTim Alders
Greg Bell No
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
Mark Shurtleff.jpg
Democratic PartyDee W. Smith
Republican Party John Swallow
Libertarian Party W. Andrew McCullough
John Swallow No
Treasurer Richard Ellis
Richard Ellis.jpg
Democratic PartyChristopher Stout
Republican PartyRichard Ellis
Libertarian Party Vincent Marcus
Richard Ellis No
Auditor Auston Johnson
Auston Johnson.jpg
Democratic PartyMark Sage
Republican PartyJohn Dougall
Independent Richard Proctor
John Dougall No


Official Results


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See also: Utah gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
Governor of Utah General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Peter Cooke and Vince Rampton 27.7% 253,514
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Herbert and Greg Bell Incumbent 68.4% 624,678
     Libertarian Ken Larsen and Rob Latham 2.2% 19,956
     Constitution Kirk Pearson and Tim Alders 1.7% 15,548
Total Votes 913,696
Election Results via State of Utah (dead link).

See also: Utah gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
Governor of Utah General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Peter Cooke and Vince Rampton 27.7% 253,514
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Herbert and Greg Bell Incumbent 68.4% 624,678
     Libertarian Ken Larsen and Rob Latham 2.2% 19,956
     Constitution Kirk Pearson and Tim Alders 1.7% 15,548
Total Votes 913,696
Election Results via State of Utah (dead link).

See also: Utah attorney general election, 2012
Attorney General of Utah General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dee W. Smith 30.1% 269,893
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Swallow 64.6% 579,118
     Libertarian W. Andrew McCullough 5.3% 47,347
Total Votes 896,358
Election Results via Utah Lieutenant Governor (dead link).

See also: Utah down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Utah Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Christopher Stout 28.1% 247,277
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Ellis Incumbent 66.9% 589,045
     Libertarian Vincent Marcus 5% 44,257
Total Votes 880,579
Election Results via Utah Lieutenant Governor (dead link).

See also: Utah down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Utah State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Sage 29.5% 259,576
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dougall 65.4% 575,677
     Constitution Richard Proctor 5.2% 45,373
Total Votes 880,626
Election Results via Utah Lieutenant Governor (dead link).


National picture

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.[5]
  • 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.[6] 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

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References

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