Joseph Kastner/Review of the 2010 gubernatorial, Attorney General and Secretary of State elections

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2010 Gubernatorial Elections

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Democrats

Before election: 26

Projected after election: 19
Actual Results: 17
Independents

Before election: 0

Projected after election: 1
Actual Results: 1
Republicans

Before election: 24

Projected after election: 30
Actual Results: 29
9 Safe or Not Up 5 5 1 1 9 20 Safe or Not Up

Of the 37 seats that were in play, 24 were open; 15 of those were open due to term limits.

As of Tuesday, November 9th, Democrats have picked up the governorships in 5 states -- California, Connecticut, Illinois, Hawaii and Vermont

1 gubernatorial contest is still too close to call, in Minnesota.

The Republican Party had pick-ups in 12 states, including Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


See also: Partisan dominance of state attorney general positions, before and after November 2, 2010

2010 State Attorney General Elections

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Democrats

Before election: 32

Projected after election: 25

Actual Results: 26
Toss-up
1
Republicans

Before election: 18

Projected after election: 24

Actual Results: 23
15 Safe or Not Up 8 2 1 7 8 9 Safe or Not Up

As of Thursday, November 4th, Republicans have picked up the AG positions in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma.

In addition to these, there is potential for Republicans to be named in Maine (where they control both the governorship as well as both houses of the legislature) and Wyoming (where the governor appoints an individual to the position).

The contest in California is too close to call at this point, but favors Democrat Kamala Harris.



Results

[[Alabama Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[1]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Luther Strange 58.8%
     Democratic Party James Anderson 41.1%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,476,075

[[Arizona Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Tom Horne 51.9%
     Democratic Party Felecia Rotellini 48.1%
Total Votes 1,677,668

[[Arkansas Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Dustin McDaniel 72.8%
     Green Party Rebekah Kennedy 26.8%
     Write-In Marc Rosson 0.4%
Total Votes 722,814

[[California Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party ApprovedaKamala D. Harris 46.1%
     Republican Party Steve Cooley 45.3%
     Green Party Peter Allen 2.7%
     Libertarian Party Timothy Hannan 2.6%
     American Independent Party Diane Templin 1.7%
     Peace and Freedom Party Robert J. Evans 1.6%
Total Votes 9,544,403

[[Colorado Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John W. Suthers 56.4%
     Democratic Party Stan Garnett 43.7%
Total Votes 1,703,893

[[Connecticut Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda George C. Jepsen 53.7%
     Republican Party Martha Dean 43.6%
     Green Party Stephen Fournier 2.7%
Total Votes 1,101,794

[[Delaware Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III 78.9%
     Independent Doug Campbell 21.1%
Total Votes 258,434

[[Florida Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Pam Bondi 54.8%
     Democratic Party Dan Gelber 41.4%
     Independent Jim Lewis 3.8%
Total Votes 5,263,392

[[Georgia Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Samuel S. Olens 52.9%
     Democratic Party Ken Hodges 43.6%
     Libertarian Party Don Smart 3.5%
Total Votes 2,551,722

[[Idaho Attorney General election, 2010|]]



[[Illinois Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[10]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lisa Madigan 64.7%
     Republican Party Stephen H. Kim 31.6%
     Green Party David Black 2.2%
     Libertarian Party William Malan 1.5%
Total Votes 3,704,686

[[Iowa Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tom Miller 55.5%
     Republican Party Brenna Findley 44.4%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,094,633

[[Kansas Attorney General election, 2010|]]


Kansas Attorney General, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Schmidt 54.9% 458,497
     Democratic Steve Six 41.9% 349,340
     Libertarian Dennis Hawver 3.2% 26,867
Total Votes 834,704
Election Results Via: Kansas Secretary of State

[[Maryland Attorney General election, 2010|]]


Maryland Attorney General, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Gansler Incumbent 98.2% 1,349,962
     Write-Ins Various 1.8% 25,033
Total Votes 1,374,995
Election Results Via: Maryland State Board of Elections

[[Massachusetts Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Martha Coakley 62.8%
     Republican Party James P. McKenna 37.2%
Total Votes 2,251,177

[[Michigan Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[13]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Bill Schuette 52.3%
     Democratic Party David Leyton 43.5%
     Libertarian Party Daniel W. Grow 2.3%
     U.S. Taxpayers Gerald Van Sickle 1.9%
Total Votes 3,136,224

[[Minnesota Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lori Swanson 52.9%
     Republican Party Chris Barden 41.3%
     Independent Bill Dahn 5.1%
     Resource Party David J. Hoch 0.7%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 2,033,087

[[Nebraska Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jon Bruning  %
Total Votes

[[Nevada Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[15]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Catherine Cortez Masto 52.8%
     Republican Party Travis Barrick 35.7%
     Independent American Party Joel F. Hansen 7.8%
     None of these candidates 3.7%
Total Votes 704,332

[[New Mexico Attorney General election, 2010|]]


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[16]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gary King 53.7%
     Republican Party Matthew Chandler 46.3%
Total Votes 597,644

[[New York Attorney General election, 2010|]]


On November 2, 2010, Eric Schneiderman won election to the office of New York Attorney General. He defeated Dan Donovan (R), Carl Person (L) and Ramon Jimenez (Frdm) in the general election.

New York Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Schneiderman 55.8% 2,477,438
     Republican Dan Donovan 43% 1,909,525
     Libertarian Carl Person 0.8% 36,488
     FDM Ramon Jimenez 0.4% 18,028
Total Votes 4,441,479
Election Results Via: New York Board of Elections


[[North Dakota Attorney General election, 2010|]]


On November 2, 2010, Wayne Stenehjem won re-election to the office of North Dakota Attorney General. He defeated Jeanette Boechler (D) in the general election.

North Dakota Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Stenehjem Incumbent 74.6% 175,627
     Democratic Jeanette Boechler 25.4% 59,781
     Write-In Various 0.1% 174
Total Votes 235,582
Election Results Via: North Dakota Secretary of State

[[November 2, 2010 election results|]]



[[Ohio Attorney General election, 2010|]]


Ohio Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike DeWine 47.5% 1,821,414
     Democratic Richard Cordray (D) 46.3% 1,772,728
     Constitution Robert Owens 3.4% 130,065
     Libertarian Marc Feldman 2.8% 107,521
Total Votes 3,831,728
Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State

[[Oklahoma Attorney General election, 2010|]]


On November 2, 2010, Scott Pruitt won election to the office of Oklahoma Attorney General. He defeated Jim Priest (D) in the general election.

Oklahoma Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Pruitt 65.1% 666,407
     Democratic Jim Priest 34.9% 357,162
Total Votes 1,023,569
Election Results Via: Oklahoma State Board of Elections

[[Rhode Island Attorney General election, 2010|]]


On November 2, 2010, Peter F. Kilmartin won election to the office of Rhode Island Attorney General. He defeated Erik B. Wallin (R), Christopher H. Little (MOD), Keven A. McKenna (I) and Robert E. Rainville (I) in the general election.

Rhode Island Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Peter F. Kilmartin 43.1% 141,969
     Republican Erik B. Wallin 29% 95,541
     Moderate Party Christopher H. Little 14.4% 47,328
     Independent Keven A. McKenna 9.6% 31,721
     Independent Robert E. Rainville 4% 13,045
Total Votes 329,604
Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections

[[South Carolina Attorney General election, 2010|]]


On November 2, 2010, Alan Wilson won election to the office of South Carolina Attorney General. He defeated Matthew Richardson (D) and Leslie Minerd (G) in the general election.

South Carolina Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Wilson 53.7% 716,193
     Democratic Matthew Richardson 44.2% 589,135
     Green Leslie Minerd 2% 27,008
     Write-In Various 0% 470
Total Votes 1,332,806
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission


[[South Dakota Attorney General election, 2010|]]


On November 2, 2010, Marty Jackley won re-election to the office of South Dakota Attorney General. He defeated Ron Volesky (D) in the general election.

South Dakota Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Jackley Incumbent 66.9% 202,499
     Democratic Ron Volesky 33.1% 100,182
Total Votes 302,681
Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State


[[Texas Attorney General election, 2010|]]


On November 2, 2010, Greg Abbott won re-election to the office of Texas Attorney General. He defeated Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) and Jon Roland (L) in the general election.

Texas Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Abbott Incumbent 64.1% 3,151,064
     Democratic Barbara Ann Radnofsky 33.7% 1,655,859
     Libertarian Jon Roland 2.3% 112,118
Total Votes 4,919,041
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State


[[Vermont Attorney General election, 2010|]]


On November 2, 2010, William H. Sorrell won re-election to the office of Attorney General of Vermont. He defeated Aaron Michael Toscano (R) and 3 third-party candidates in the general election.

Attorney General of Vermont, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.png William H. Sorrell Incumbent 61.9% 143,031
     Republican Aaron Michael Toscano 29.4% 67,900
     Progressive Charlotte Dennett 4.4% 10,158
     Libertarian Karen Kerin 2.7% 6,171
     Liberty Union Rosemarie Jackowski 1.5% 3,576
     Write-In Various 0.1% 137
Total Votes 230,973
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State

[[Wisconsin Attorney General election, 2010|]]


Attorney General of Wisconsin, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.B. Van Hollen Incumbent 57.8% 1,220,791
     Democratic Scott Hassett 42.1% 890,080
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,614
Total Votes 2,112,485
Election Results Via: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board


2010 Secretary of State Elections

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Democrats

Before election: 26

Projected after election: 19

Actual Results: 17
Toss-up

2
Republicans

Before election: 21

Projected after election: 28

Actual Results: 30
8 Safe or Not Up 7 3 2 8 10 9 Safe or Not Up

As of Thursday, November 4th, Republicans have picked up the SOS positions in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, and Ohio.

Additionally, Republicans now control the governorships of Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. The Chief Executive of these states appoints an individual to the office of Secretary of State and there is the likelihood they will name fellow Republicans.

And Republican majorities in both houses of State Legislatures in Maine and New Hampshire suggests there will be Republicans placed in the statewide positions within these states.

Results

[[Alabama Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Arizona Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Arkansas Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[California Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Colorado Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Connecticut Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Georgia Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Idaho Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Illinois Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Indiana Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Iowa Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Kansas Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Massachusetts Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Michigan Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Minnesota Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Nebraska Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Nevada Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[New Mexico Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[North Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[November 2, 2010 election results|]]



[[Ohio Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Rhode Island Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[South Carolina Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[South Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Vermont Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



[[Wisconsin Secretary of State election, 2010|]]


Wisconsin Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas La Follette Incumbent 51.6% 1,074,118
     Republican David D. King 48.3% 1,005,217
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,863
Total Votes 2,081,198
Election Results Via: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

[[Wyoming Secretary of State election, 2010|]]



Partisan breakdown of Secretaries of State
Party Before November 2010 election After November 2010 election
With 2010 elections Unelected SOS Total SOS Post 2010 elections Unelected SOS Total SOS Gain/loss legislators
Democratic
15 11 26 9 8 17 -9
Republican
11 10 21 17 13 29 +9
Partisan breakdown of State Attorneys General
Party Before November 2010 election After November 2010 election
With 2010 elections Unelected AGs Total AGs Post 2010 elections Unelected AGs Total AGs Gain/loss legislators
Democratic
20 12 32 13 13 26 -6
Republican
10 8 18 16 7 23 +5
See also: 2010 State Attorney General Election results; 2010 Secretary of State Election results

Note: States that are considered "safe" for one party or the other are filled in for the post-election analysis.

State Majority party before November 2010 Majority party after November 2010
Attorney General Secretary of State Attorney General Secretary of State
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

A brief look at Tuesday's election results

  • Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah are the only three states in the Union not to have Secretaries of State
  • Only 37 Secretaries of State (out of 47) are their state's Chief Election Official (CEO)
  • Before the election, Democrats held a slim majority with 21 against 16 for the Republicans
  • After the election, however, Republicans now overwhelmingly hold majority control with 25 against 12 for the Democrats.
  • Controlled 21 Secretary of State and 18 State Attorney General offices
  • Following the election, Republicans:
  • Controlled 29 Secretary of State and 23 State Attorney General offices



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