Majority of GOP Secretary of State Pickups won by Obama in 2008
By Joseph Kastner
With all 2010 Secretary of State elections accounted for, a grand total of 9 of the statewide offices have switched hands from Democratic to Republican. Of these states, 6 of them - Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania - went to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.
|Secretary of State Shift on November 2 Compared to States Won by President Obama in 2008|
|State won by Obama in 2008||% of popular vote won by Obama in 2008||Chief Election Official?|
The three states that switched from Democrat to Republican which Obama did not win two years ago are Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Of the 9 states that are now under Republican, only one of them - Oklahoma - does not have the secretary of state serve that their state's designated chief election official.
- New York Times, "2008 Presidential Election results"
- [The legislature in this state selects the Secretary of State. While the current SOS, William Gardner, has held the office under both Democratic and Republican assemblies, there is still a possibility this could change. Additionally, with the State GOP riding high after capturing a trifecta - the governorship and both state houses - this gives some credence to this suggestion.]