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*State Senator [[Michelle McManus]] failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010.<ref>[http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2009/1/16/75513/4541 ''Right Michigan'' "RightMichigan Exclusive: An Interview with 2010 Secretary of State Candidate Michelle McManus " 16 Jan. 2009]</ref>
 
*State Senator [[Michelle McManus]] failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010.<ref>[http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2009/1/16/75513/4541 ''Right Michigan'' "RightMichigan Exclusive: An Interview with 2010 Secretary of State Candidate Michelle McManus " 16 Jan. 2009]</ref>
*State Senator [[Cameron Brown]] failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010. <ref>[http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2009/02/state_sen_cameron_brown_announ.html ''MLive'' "State Sen. Cameron Brown announces bid for secretary of state" 11 Feb. 2009]</ref>
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*State Senator [[Cameron Brown]] failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010.<ref>[http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2009/02/state_sen_cameron_brown_announ.html ''MLive'' "State Sen. Cameron Brown announces bid for secretary of state" 11 Feb. 2009]</ref>
 
*Calhoun County Clerk [[Anne Norlander]] failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010. <ref>[http://annenorlander.com/showcase.taf?_function=detail&showcase_uid1=100 Anne Norlander for Secretary of State - Norlander Launches Bid for Secretary of State]</ref>
 
*Calhoun County Clerk [[Anne Norlander]] failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010. <ref>[http://annenorlander.com/showcase.taf?_function=detail&showcase_uid1=100 Anne Norlander for Secretary of State - Norlander Launches Bid for Secretary of State]</ref>
 
*Former State Representative [[Judy Emmons]] failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010. <ref>[http://michiganmessenger.com/23393/mcmanus-makes-run-for-secretary-of-state-official ''The Michigan Messenger'' "McManus makes run for secretary of state official" 22 July, 2009]</ref>
 
*Former State Representative [[Judy Emmons]] failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010. <ref>[http://michiganmessenger.com/23393/mcmanus-makes-run-for-secretary-of-state-official ''The Michigan Messenger'' "McManus makes run for secretary of state official" 22 July, 2009]</ref>

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Candidates for Secretary of State, 2010


Polls, 2010 Secretary of State elections

2010 Election information
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Twenty-six secretary of state elections were scheduled for November 2, 2010. Of the 26 seats that were up for election, 15 had been held by a Democrat and 11 by a Republican.

Background

In four of the seats that were up for election, the incumbent could not run again because of term limits. Of the incumbent but limited-out secretaries of state, 1 was Democratic and 3 were Republican.

Several incumbent secretaries of state chose not to run for re-election, in most cases because they ran for a different office. In mid-November 2009, it was estimated that 5 incumbent secretaries of state who could run again (three Democrats and two Republicans) voluntarily choose not to seek re-election. Three months later, however, only the three Democrats remained on the list as both of the Republicans (Karen Handel of Georgia and Ron Thornburgh of Kansas) resigned from office resulting in the governor from each of the respective states having to appoint a replacement; both appointees in these instances were already candidates seeking the statewide office in November.

Election outcome predictions

For the methodology of this racetracking analysis, see Secretaries of State/Election Racetracking

With a week left until the 2010 midterm elections, Ballotpedia made its predictions regarding the twenty-six Secretary of State contests, believing that Republicans would win 17 of these races while the Democrats would walk away with 9. Additionally, Ballotpedia also contended that of these eighteen elections the Republican Party was projected to win, 6 of them - Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, and Ohio - will have been offices that were previously in possession of the Democrats.

Month Safe D Likely D Lean D Tossup Lean R Likely R Safe R
August 0 7 4 6 1 8 0
September 0 7 1 2 4 9 0
October 0 7 3 1 6 9 0


As of Tuesday, November 9, 2010, the accuracy of Ballotpedia's Secretary of State Race Tracker stood at 96.2% having correctly predicted 25 out of the 26 contests on the ballot in 2010.

Impact of 2010 Gubernatorial/Legislative elections

See also: Gubernatorial elections, 2010; State legislative elections, 2010

Pre-Election Analysis

In 9 states, the party affiliation of the Secretary of State was considered likely to change after the November 2nd elections for reasons other than the direct popular election of new public officials. There are two different situations that would lead to a change in party affiliation under these circumstances - either through the election of a new governor or a change in majority control of both houses of a state's legislature, or, in some cases, both.

  • Each of the other 3 states - Maine, New Hampshire, and Tennessee - had their legislature appoint an individual to the statewide position and all of them were up for election in 2010.
Effect of 2010 Elections on SOS Make-up
Category Democrats Republicans
Current party of SOS with 2010 elections 15 11
Gubernatorial appointment/Gov with 2010 election 4 2
Gubernatorial appointment/Gov without 2010 election 1 2
Elected by State Legislature/Leg with 2010 election 2 1
SOS with no 2010 impact 5 4
Total 27 20

Post-Election Analysis

After the dust had settled following the inauguration of new state officials at the start of the new year, the party affiliation of only two secretaries of state that were considered likely to change for reasons other than the direct popular election of new public officials occurred:

Effect of 2010 Elections on SOS Make-up
Category Democrats Republicans
Current party of SOS with 2010 elections 9 17
Gubernatorial appointment/Gov with 2010 election 2 4
Gubernatorial appointment/Gov without 2010 election 1 2
Elected by State Legislature/Leg with 2010 election 1 2
SOS with no 2010 impact 6 3
Total 19 28

The one post-election political affiliation change that did occur, which had not been anticipated, was the resignation of Republican Kentucky Secretary of State, Trey Grayson. Grayson, who lost the Republican United States Senate nomination against Rand Paul earlier in the year, had stated before the start of the new year that he did not intend to seek re-election to his statewide public position when it would come up for election in November 2011. However, he surprisingly chose to leave office several months earlier after he had been hired to serve as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Democratic Governor Steve Beshear selected a Democrat, Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker, to replace him. [5] Walker stated that she intended to seek public election to the office in November 2011.

Election results

See also: 2010 Secretary of State Election results; November 2, 2010 election results
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 10 19 -7
Republican
11 10 21 17 11 28 +7


Gop logo2.jpg Alabama

See also: Alabama Secretary of State election, 2010

In the Alabama Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Republican incumbent Beth Chapman easily defeated Democratic challenger Scott Gilliland. Neither candidate was opposed in the primary election.

Alabama

Republican

Approveda Incumbent Republican Beth Chapman [6]

Democrat

Gop logo2.jpg Arizona

See also: Arizona Secretary of State election, 2010

The Arizona Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Ken Bennett, former President of the Arizona State Senate, was appointed to the statewide position of secretary of state in January 2009 by exiting officer holder Jan Brewer.[7] Brewer had ascended to the gubernatorial office following the resignation of Janet Napolitano, who would go on to head the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Bennett ran unopposed in the Republican primary election. On the other side of the ticket, Democratic state Representative Christopher Deschene beat former Arizona Real Estate Commissioner Sam Wercinski, but fell to Bennett in November. Originally on the ballot, Green Party candidate Michelle Lochmann withdrew from the race in September.

Republican

Arizona

Approveda Incumbent Ken Bennett

Democrat

Green Party

  • Michelle Lochmann (Withdrew from race on 9/1/2010)

Drop outs

Democrats

Donkey symbol.png Arkansas

See also: Arkansas Secretary of State election, 2010

The Arkansas Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Democrat Charlie Daniels was prevented from running for a third term in office by state term-limit laws, and four candidates vied for his seat.

In the Democratic primary election on May 18, Pulaski County Clerk Pat O'Brien beat out Commissioner of State Lands Mark Wilcox and Sebastian County Clerk Doris Tate, but did not capture the requisite majority of the vote to clinch his spot on the November ballot. The results forced a primary runoff election between O'Brien and Wilcox, and though O'Brien won 61.58% of the vote and the endorsement of the Democratic party, he fell to Republican State Repsesentative Mark Martin, who was unopposed in the primary contest.

Republican

Approveda State Representative Mark Martin[10] (January 2010)

Arkansas

Democrat

Drop outs

Democrats

  • Commissioner of State Lands Mark Wilcox lost to Wilcox in the Democratic primary runoff
  • Sebastian County clerk Doris Tate placed third in the Democratic primary contest and did not make it to the Democratic primary run-off.[12]

Donkey symbol.png California

See also: California Secretary of State election, 2010

The California Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Democratic incumbent Debra Bowen, unopposed in the primary election, successfully defended her seat against five challengers, capturing 53.2% of the vote.

Her Republican challenger, Damon Dunn, earned his spot on the November ballot by defeating Orly Taitz and write-in candidate Roy V. Allmond, Jr. in the June 8 primary. He had a strong showing in the general election, garnering 38.2% of the vote. The remainder of the vote was split between third-party candidates Ann Menasche, Christina Tobin, Marylou Cabral, and Merton D. Short.

Democrat

Approveda Incumbent Debra Bowen Logo.gif

Republican

Green Party

California
  • Ann Menasche

Libertarian

  • Christina Tobin

American Independent

  • Merton Short

Peace and Freedom

  • Marylou Cabral

Drop Outs

Republicans

  • California State Assemblywoman for the 37th Congressional District, Audra Strickland, had filed paperwork in January 2009 to start raising money to run for Secretary of State in 2010, but as of November 2009 decided to run for treasurer of Ventura County instead. [14][15]
  • Attorney and Leading Birther Figure, Orly Taitz [16] (March 2010)

Donkey symbol.png Colorado

See also: Colorado Secretary of State election, 2010

The Colorado Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Bernie Buescher was named as Secretary of State by Governor Bill Ritter in December 2009 to fill the vacancy left behind by Mike Coffman, who resigned following his election to the United States House of Representatives. [17] He faced off in the general election against Republican Scott Gessler and Constitution Party candidate Amanda Campbell, but fell to Gessler after Gessler captured 49.52% of the vote. None of the candidates were challenged in the primary election on August 10.

Colorado

Democrat

Republican

Approveda Attorney Scott Gessler [18] (January 2009)

American Constitution Party

  • Amanda Campbell

Donkey symbol.png Connecticut

See also: Connecticut Secretary of State election, 2010

The Connecticut Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. State representative Denise Merrill announced her candidacy for the statewide office in December of 2009.[19] The Connecticut Democratic Party endorsed her campaign at its state convention on May 27, 2010,[20][21] and she officially captured the party nomination after defeating former 9th ward alderman Gerry Garcia in the primary election on August 10.

On the general election ballot, Merrill ran on both the Democratic and Working Families tickets. She was met in the general election by Jerry Farrell, the Commissioner of the State Department of Consumer Protection, who was unopposed in the primary election and officially received the endorsement of the Connecticut Republican Party at their state convention on May 22, 2010,[22] Green Party candidate S. Michael DeRose, and Libertarian Ken Mosher.

Despite a strong showing from Farrell, who received nearly 44% of the vote, Merrill won the seat with 52.9%.

Democrat

Approveda State Representative and Majority Leader Denise Merrill [23] (December 2009) (Received the endorsement of the Connecticut Democratic Party) [24][25]

Republican

Connecticut

Green Party

  • S. Michael "Mike" DeRosa

Libertarian

  • Ken Mosher

Independent

  • Michael Telesca

Drop outs

Republicans

  • Hartford attorney Corey Brinson, who had announced his candidacy on June 29, 2009, withdrew his name from consideration a little under a year later and endorsed Farrell for the statewide position. [28][29]

Democrats

Gop logo2.jpg Georgia

See also: Georgia Secretary of State election, 2010

Incumbent Republican Karen Handel announced in March 2009 that she was officially entering the governor's race in her home state.[33] Brian Kemp, a former state senator who had already announced his candidacy for the statewide office, was appointed Secretary of State by Republican Governor Sonny Perdue in January 2010 to fill the vacancy left behind by when Handel formally resigned to work full time on her gubernatorial campaign. [34][35]

In the primary election on July 20, Kemp defeated Doug MacGinnitie, commissioner of the Sandy Springs City Council, earning the Republican nomination for the general election. Libertarian David Chastain was unopposed in his party's primary. On the Democratic ticket, five candidates competed for the party's nomination: former state senator Gail Buckner, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives Georganna Sinkfield, small business owner Angela Moore, president of the non-profit PR 1776 Michael Mills, and Gary Horlacher, a partner with the largest certified minority-owner law firm in the country, Adorno & Yoss. Buckner garnered 35.1% of the votes in the Democratic primary, but needed more than 50% to secure her party's nomination. She and Sinkfield (the runner-up, with 22.6% of the vote) went head-to-head in a primary runoff contest on August 10, and Sinkfield won that contest with 61.8%, securing the Democratic nomination.

In November, Kemp was re-elected to his seat for a full term. Chastain claimed 4.2% of the vote, and despite her success in the primary runoff, Sinkfield fell short with 39.4% of the vote.

Republican

Approveda Former State Senator and current Secretary of State Brian Kemp [36]

Democrat

Georgia

Libertarian

  • David Chastain

Drop outs

Republicans

Democrats

Gop logo2.jpg Idaho

See also: Idaho Secretary of State election, 2010

In the Idaho Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Republican incumbent Ben Ysursa easily defeated Democratic challenger Mack Sermon. Ysursa captured 74.3% of the vote, with the remaining 25.7% cast for Sermon.

Neither candidate was opposed in the May 25th primary election.

Idaho

Republican

Approveda Incumbent Ben Ysursa

Democrat

Donkey symbol.png Illinois

See also: Illinois Secretary of State election, 2010

The Illinois Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Winning 69.9% of the vote, Democratic incumbent Jesse White easily defeated two challengers: Republican Robert Enriquez and Libertarian Josh Hanson.

Neither White nor Enriquez was opposed in the primary election on February 2, and Hanson did not appear on the ballot. There was another third-party candidate, Adrian Frost (Green Party) in the primary election, but the 0.33% of the vote he won was not enough to earn a spot on the ballot in the November general election.

Democrat

Approveda Incumbent Democrat Jesse White [42]

Illinois

Republican

Libertarian

  • Josh Hanson

Drop outs

Gop logo2.jpg Indiana

See also: Indiana Secretary of State election, 2010

The Indiana Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Republican Todd Rokita was barred by Indiana state term limit laws from running for a third term.

In Indiana, candidates for secretary of state are nominated either by party conventions or by petition; this office does not appear on the ballot in the state's primary election. Minor Party status and accompanying ballot access is secured for the candidates respective parties by securing between 2% and 10% of the vote for Secretary of State. [44]

Democrat Vop Osili and Republican Charlie White were both nominated by their respective parties at their fall state conventions. The two were joined by in the general election by Libertarian Mike Wherry. White won the election with 57.1% of the vote.

Republican

Indiana

Approveda Current Chairman of the Hamilton County GOP, Charlie White [45] (September 2009)

Democrat

  • Vop Osili, founder and president of A2SO4, an Indianapolis-based architectural firm [46] (October 2009)

Libertarian

  • Mike Wherry

Donkey symbol.png Iowa

See also: Iowa Secretary of State election, 2010

In the Iowa Secretary of State election of 2010 held on November 2, Democratic incumbent Michael Mauro faced two challengers: Council Bluffs City Councilman Matt Schultz (Republican) and Jake Porter (Libertarian).

Iowa's primary elections were held on June 8. Mauro was unopposed in the race, but Schultz faced former state representative George Eichhorn and small business owner Chris Sanger in the Republican primary. Schultz secured his spot on the ballot in November, and went on to defeat Mauro with 49.8% of the vote.

Democrat

Iowa

Republican

Approveda Council Bluffs City Councilman Matt Schultz [48]

Libertarian

  • Jake Porter

Drop outs

Republicans

Donkey symbol.png Kansas

See also: Kansas Secretary of State election, 2010

The Kansas Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. The incumbent, former Kansas Securities Commissioner Chris Biggs (Democrat), was appointed to office by Democratic Governor Mark Parkinson on March 17, 2010 - less than five months before the primary elections. Biggs' appointment was prompted by the resignation of Republican Ron Thornburgh, who had served in the office for nearly sixteen years. [51][52]

On August 3, Biggs faced Chris Steineger in the primary election and won the Democratic party nomination with 60.2% of the vote. At the same time, three Republican candidates vied for their party's seat on the ballot. Kris Kobach won 50.6% of the vote, dashing the election hopes of Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley and J.R. Claeys, former President and CEO of the National Association of Government Contractors.

In the general election in November, Kobach and Biggs were met by Libertarian Phillip Horatio Lucas and Reform Party candidate Derek Langseth. With 59% of the vote, Kobach unseated Biggs, who received 37.2% of the vote, while Lucas and Langseth claimed 2.0% and 1.6%, respectively.

Republican

Kansas

Approveda Past Chairman of Kansas Republican Party Kris Kobach [53] (May 2009)

Democrat

Libertarian

  • Phillip Horatio Lucas

Reform

  • Derek Langseth

Drop outs

Republicans

Democrats

Donkey symbol.png Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts Secretary of State election, 2010

The Massachusetts Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Democratic incumbent William F. Galvin defeated Republican challenger William C. Campbell and third-party candidate James D. Henderson.

None of the candidates was opposed in the September 14 primary election.

Democrat

Approveda Incumbent William F. Galvin

Massachusetts

Republican

Independent

  • Jim Henderson

Gop logo2.jpg Michigan

See also: Michigan Secretary of State election, 2010

The Michigan Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Term limit laws prevented incumbent Republican Terri Lynn Land from seeking a third term in office, and there were several candidates eager to take her place.

Democrat Jocelyn Benson and Republican Ruth Johnson were both nominated by their respective parties at their fall state conventions. The two were joined by in the general election by three third-party candidates: John LaPietra (Green Party), Robert Gale (U.S. Taxpayers Party), and Scotty Boman (Libertarian). Ultimately, Johnson won the seat with 50.7% of the vote.

Republican

Michigan

Approveda Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson [59][60]

Democrat

  • Full time Assistant Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School Jocelyn Benson [61]

Green Party

  • John Anthony La Pietra

Libertarian

  • Scotty Boman

U.S. Taxpayers

  • Robert Gale

Drop outs

Republicans

  • State Senator Michelle McManus failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010.[62]
  • State Senator Cameron Brown failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010.[63]
  • Calhoun County Clerk Anne Norlander failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010. [64]
  • Former State Representative Judy Emmons failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010. [65]
  • State Representative Paul Scott failed to win the nomination at the state party convention on Friday, August 28, 2010. [66]

Donkey symbol.png Minnesota

See also: Minnesota Secretary of State election, 2010

The Minnesota Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Democratic incumbent Mark Ritchie was challenged by Republican Dan Severson and Independence Party of America candidate Jual Carlson. Ritchie won with 49.10% of the vote.

In the primary election on August 10, Ritchie defeated Richard "Dick" Franson, a former Alderman in the 12th Ward of Minneapolis and retired 1st Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Neither Severson nor Carlson was not opposed in the primary election.

Democrat

Minnesota

Approveda Incumbent Mark Ritchie [67] Logo.gif

Republican

Independence Party

  • Jual Carlson

Gop logo2.jpg Nebraska

See also: Nebraska Secretary of State election, 2010

The Nebraska Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Republican incumbent John A. Gale easily defeated Democratic challenger Janet Stewart, capturing 69.8% of the vote. Neither candidate was opposed in the May 11 primary election.

Nebraska

Republican

Approveda Incumbent Republican John Gale [69]

Democrat

Drop outs

Democrats

Donkey symbol.png Nevada

See also: Nevada Secretary of State election, 2010

In the Nevada Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Democratic incumbent Ross Miller defeated Republican challenger Rob Lauer and Independent American Party candidate John Wagner. Miller won with 53.17% of the overall vote.

None of the three candidates were opposed in the June 8 primary election.

Nevada

Democrat

Approveda Incumbent Ross Miller

Republican

Independent American

  • John Wagner

Donkey symbol.png New Mexico

See also: New Mexico Secretary of State election, 2010

In the New Mexico Secretary of State election of 2010 held on November 2, 2010, Democratic incumbent Mary Herrera fell to Republican challenger Dianna Duran in the general election. Neither candidate was opposed in the June 1 primary election.

New Mexico

Democrat

Republican

Approveda State Senator Dianna Duran [75] (February 2010)

Gop logo2.jpg North Dakota

See also: North Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010

The North Dakota Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Republican incumbent Al Jaeger won 62.44% of the vote, easily defeating his challenger, Democrat Corey Mock. Neither candidate was opposed in the June 8 primary election.

North Dakota

Republican

Approveda Incumbent Al Jaeger [76]

Democrat

Donkey symbol.png Ohio

See also: Ohio Secretary of State election, 2010

In the Ohio Secretary of State election of 2010 held on November 2, 2010, Republican Jon Husted defeated Democrat Maryellen O'Shaughnessy and Libertarian Charlie Earl. In the primary election on May 4, Husted easily won the Republican contest over Sandra O'Brien. O'Shaughnessy and Earl were unopposed in the primaries.

Incumbent Ohio Secretary of State, Democrat Jennifer Brunner, announced in February 2009 that she would challenge Lieutenant Governor of Ohio Lee Fisher for the Democratic nomination in the race for the United States Senate seat occupied by retiring Republican Senator George Voinovich,[78] but lost in the primary election on May 4, 2010.[79][80]

Democrat

Republican

Ohio

Approveda State Senator for the 6th Congressional District Jon A. Husted [82] (April 2009)

Libertarian

  • Former State Legislator Charles R. "Charlie" Earl

Drop Outs

Democrats

  • Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown, who announced her candidacy in March 2009, withdrew seven months later to focus instead on her re-election campaign. [83][84]
  • State Representative for the 93rd Congressional District Jennifer Garrison, who launched her campaign in August 2009, dropped out of the race on January 30, 2010 [85][86]

Republicans

  • Former Ashtabula County Auditor Sandy O'Brien, who announced her candidacy in June 2009, lost in the state's Republican primary on May 4, 2010. [87]

Donkey symbol.png Rhode Island

See also: Rhode Island Secretary of State election, 2010

The Rhode Island Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Following a primary election on September 14, 2010, Democratic incumbent Ralph Mollis narrowly defeated Republican challenger Catherine Terry Taylor in the general election.

On September 14, 2010, Mollis won his party's primary election over then-State Senator Leonidas Raptakis. Taylor ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Rhode Island

Democrat

Approveda Incumbent Ralph Mollis [88]

Republican

Drop outs

Democrats

Gop logo2.jpg South Carolina

See also: South Carolina Secretary of State election, 2010
South Carolina

In the South Carolina Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, incumbent Republican Mark Hammond secured a third term in office by defeating his Democrat challenger, retired public relations executive Marjorie L. Johnson.[91] Neither candidate was opposed in the primary election on June 8.

Republican

Approveda Mark Hammond

Democrat

Gop logo2.jpg South Dakota

See also: South Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010

State term limit laws prevented incumbent Chris Nelson from running for a third term in office. He was a candidate for South Dakota's at-large seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2010, but fell to Kristi Noem in the Republican primary election.[92] Following state conventions held by both major political parties in the last weekend of June, state senators Ben Nesselhuf (Democrat) and Jason Gant (Republican) received the endorsement from their respective parties. Gant and Nesselhul were joined in the general election by Constitution Party candidate Lori Stacey as the three competed for the seat vacated by incumbent Republican Chris Nelson.

Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party, and therefore do not appear on the ballot in the primary election.

Republican

Approveda State Senator Jason Gant [93] (September 2009) (Received endorsement of the South Dakota Republican Party) [94]

South Dakota

Democrat

Constitution

  • Lori Stacey

Donkey symbol.png Vermont

See also: Vermont Secretary of State election, 2010

Vermont's former Secretary of State, Democrat Deborah L. Markowitz, vacated the position in order to run for governor of Vermont in November 2010; she lost in the state gubernatorial primary election.

Three candidates vied for the office in the general election: Democrat Jim Condos defeated Republican Jason Gibbs and Liberty Union Party candidate Leslie Marmorale. Both Condos and Gibbs won their partisan primary elections on August 24. A Progressive party candidate, Peter A. Cooper, also won his party's primary election, but did not appear on the ballot in November.

Republican

  • Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation Jason Gibbs [97] (April 2010)
Vermont

Democrat

Approveda Former State Senator Jim Condos [98] (April 2010)

Liberty Union

  • Leslie Marmorale

Progressive Party

  • Peter Cooper

Drop outs

Republicans

Democrats

Donkey symbol.png Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin Secretary of State election, 2010

In the Wisconsin Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Democrat incumbent Douglas La Follette defeated Republican challenger David D. King.

In the primary election on September 14, both candidates ran unopposed.

Democrat

Wisconsin

Approveda Incumbent Douglas La Follette [101]

Republican

Gop logo2.jpg Wyoming

See also: Wyoming Secretary of State election, 2010

In the Wyoming Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Republican incumbent Max Maxfield defeated both Democrat Andrew Simons and Libertarian Candice De Laat. In the primary election on August 17, both Maxfield and Simons ran unopposed.

Republican

Wyoming

Approveda Incumbent Max Maxfield[103] (February 2010)

Democrat

Libertarian

  • Candice De Laat

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  1. Gant Daily "Rendell Nominates Basil Merenda as Secretary of Commonwealth" 4 June, 2010
  2. Governor of Texas Rick Perry - Press Release - July 23, 2008
  3. The Oklahoman "Mary Fallin appoints Glenn Coffee as Oklahoma secretary of state" 4 Jan. 2010
  4. Star Courier "Summers named Maine’s secretary of state" 1 Dec. 2010
  5. Lexington Herald-Leader "Bowling Green mayor to replace Trey Grayson as secretary of state" 8 Jan. 2011
  6. Birmingham News, "Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman seeking re-election", April 6, 2009
  7. AZ Central "Brewer picks Ken Bennett for sec. of state" 9 Jan. 2009
  8. Phoenix New Times "Chris Deschene's Eyeing Run for Arizona Secretary of State" 12 Nov. 2009
  9. All Business "Former Arizona Real Estate Commissioner Sam Wercinski announces candidacy for Secretary of State" 31 Aug. 2009
  10. Arkansas Business "Rep. Mark Martin To Make Bid For Secretary Of State" 7 Jan. 2010
  11. The Tolbert Report "Pat O’Brien is now officially running for Secretary of State" 27 May, 2009
  12. Times Record Online "Clerk Seeks Statewide Office" 18 June, 2009
  13. The Bootleg "Damon Dunn for CA Sec. of State!" 11 Jan. 2010
  14. Brian Dennert Here "Assembly Member Audra Strickland Preparing To Run For Secretary Of State Against Debra Bowen" 19 Jan. 2009
  15. Ventura County Star "Audra Strickland to run for county treasurer" 11 Nov. 2009
  16. Daily Kos "Orly Taitz running for CA Secretary of State" 3 March, 2010
  17. The Colorado Statesman "Buescher wins secretary of state nod" 26 Dec. 2008
  18. Face the State "Gessler files for 2010 secretary of state election" 8 Jan. 2009
  19. Connecticut News Junkie "Majority Leader Will Run For Statewide Office" 18 Dec. 2009
  20. YouTube "Denise Merrill accepts endorsement" 27 May, 2010
  21. Connecticut Bob "Denise Merrill's Acceptance Speech" 28 May, 2010
  22. The Connecticut Mirror "Republicans back Farrell for SOTS. Brinson qualifies for primary" 22 May, 2010
  23. Connecticut News Junkie "Majority Leader Will Run For Statewide Office" 18 Dec. 2009
  24. YouTube "Denise Merrill accepts endorsement" 27 May, 2010
  25. Connecticut Bob "Denise Merrill's Acceptance Speech" 28 May, 2010
  26. Hartford Courant "Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. To Seek Secretary Of State Position" 16 Jan. 2010
  27. The Connecticut Mirror "Republicans back Farrell for SOTS. Brinson qualifies for primary" 22 May, 2010
  28. Connecticut Public Broadcast Network "Republican Announces Candidacy for Secretary of the State" 29 June, 2009
  29. My Record Journal "Farrell will not face primary challenge" 24 May, 2010
  30. West Hartford News "Sen. Harris announces candidacy for Secretary of State" 1 April, 2010
  31. West Hartford News "Harris ends bid for secretary of state" 11 June, 2010
  32. Capitol Watch "Gerry Garcia Running For Secretary Of The State" 30 Oct. 2009
  33. Fresh Loaf "Karen Handel enters governor’s race" 27 March, 2009
  34. Athens Banner-Herald "Brian Kemp appointed Georgia secretary of state" 4 Jan. 2010
  35. Red State "Karen Handel Aims to Win the GOP Gubernatorial Nomination in Georgia" 22 Dec. 2009
  36. Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Kemp jumps into secretary of state race, shows backing" 4 March, 2009
  37. Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Qualifying suprises — and Roy Barnes hits TV today" 30 April, 2010
  38. Peach Pundit "Doug MacGinnitie Enters the SoS Race" 5 March, 2009
  39. Fresh Loaf "Gary Horlacher to run for Secretary of State" 28 April, 2009
  40. Georgia Federation of Democratic Women GRAPEVINE "Angela Moore announces for SOS" 15 Dec. 209
  41. Georgia Federation of Democratic Women GRAPEVINE "Sen. Gail Buckner -- Candidate for Secretary of State" 16 Dec. 2009
  42. Chicago Tribune "Jesse White, Illinois secretary of state, kicks off re-election campaign" 30 Sept. 2009
  43. NBC Chicago "Illinois Races: Robert Enriquez for Sec. of State" 3 Nov. 2009
  44. Indiana Code "3-8-4"
  45. Hoosier Access "Charlie White announces 2010 run for Indiana secretary of state" 15 Sept. 2009
  46. Blue Indiana "Vop Osili to launch campaign in October" 1 Oct. 2009
  47. Price of Politics ... etc. "Mauro to Seek Re-Election" 29 Jan. 2009
  48. Des Moines Register "Republican Schultz to announce bid for secretary of state Saturday" 30 Oct. 2009
  49. Iowa Republican "George Eichhorn Announces for Iowa Secretary of State" 17 Dec. 2009
  50. The Iowa Republican "Sanger Joins Secretary of State Campaign" 9 March, 2010
  51. Kansas City Star "Kansas secretary of state resigns" 8 Feb. 2010
  52. The Wichita Eagle "Parkinson names Biggs as secretary of state" 17 March, 2010
  53. The Topeka Capital-Journal "GOP primary assured" 26 May, 2009
  54. Kansas Jackass "KS-SoS: Chris Biggs to run for Secretary of State" 4 June, 2009
  55. Salina Journal "Claeys makes progress on statewide election" 20 April, 2009
  56. Kansas City Star "Republican Elizabeth Ensley announces candidacy for Kansas secretary of state" 19 Jan. 2010
  57. El Dorado Times "Chris Steineger Announces Candidacy for Kansas Secretary of State" 22 Jan. 2010
  58. Woburn Advocate "City Clerk Campbell running for secretary of state" 9 March, 2010
  59. Crain's Detroit Business "Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson joins secretary of state field" 23 April, 2010
  60. Flint Journal "Paul Scott loses secretary of state nomination, says he's focusing on state House campaign" 28 Aug. 2010
  61. The Detroit News "WSU professor to run for Secretary of State" 5 Oct. 2009
  62. Right Michigan "RightMichigan Exclusive: An Interview with 2010 Secretary of State Candidate Michelle McManus " 16 Jan. 2009
  63. MLive "State Sen. Cameron Brown announces bid for secretary of state" 11 Feb. 2009
  64. Anne Norlander for Secretary of State - Norlander Launches Bid for Secretary of State
  65. The Michigan Messenger "McManus makes run for secretary of state official" 22 July, 2009
  66. The Michigan Messenger "Paul Scott targets transgendered people in race for Secretary of State" 21 January, 2010
  67. Politics in Minnesota "Ritchie says: Act now! Time is running out!" 18 June, 2009
  68. St. Cloud Times "Severson ponders secretary of state bid" 7 Oct. 2009
  69. 1011 Now "Secretary of State John Gale to Seek Third Term" 16 Oct. 2009
  70. Omaha World Herald "Second Dem to run for state sec." 30 Oct. 2009
  71. Nebraska Democratic Party "Democrat Kris Pierce to launch campaign for Secretary of State" 28 Oct. 2009
  72. KMTV - Action 3 News "Pierce drops out of state race to seek Omaha seat" 1 March, 2010
  73. The Record Courier "Lauer to run for secretary of state" 13 Feb. 2010
  74. Roots Wire "Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for NM Secretary of State Mary Herrera" 15 April, 2009
  75. The New Mexico Independent "Sen. Dianna Duran to run for Secretary of State" 9 Feb. 2010
  76. Grand Forks Herald "ND GOP CONVENTION: Jaeger will be secretary of state candidate" 21 March, 2010
  77. KX Net, "Mock Runs for Secretary of State," February 23, 2010
  78. Cleveland.com "Jennifer Brunner announces candidacy for U.S. Senate" 17 Feb. 2009
  79. Ohio Politics "Senate 2010: Brunner & Fisher Eye DC" 17 Feb. 2009
  80. Ohio Secretary of State - 2010 Democratic Primary Election Results
  81. The Columbus Dispatch "O'Shaughnessy gets into secretary of state race" 1 Feb. 2010
  82. Buckeye Firearms Association "Jon Husted makes his run for Secretary of State official" 3 April, 2009
  83. Progress Ohio "Announcement: Marilyn Brown for Secretary of State" 26 March, 2009
  84. The Review "Marilyn Brown withdraws from Secretary of State race" 5 Oct. 2009
  85. Glass City Jungle "Jennifer Garrison announces campaign for Ohio Secretary of State" 3 Aug. 2009
  86. Marietta Times "Garrison envisions politics in her future" 2 Feb. 2010
  87. Weapons of Mass Discussion "Sandy O'Brien Announces for Ohio Secretary of State" 11 June, 2009
  88. The Providence Journal "R.I. politicians planning ahead" 12 May, 2009
  89. The Providence Journal "Edward Fitzpatrick: She’s on the verge of ‘taking the plunge" 24 June, 2010
  90. The Providence Journal "R.I. Sen. Leonidas Raptakis to run for secretary of state" 9 Jan. 2010
  91. The State "Woman running for S.C. secretary of state" 8 Oct. 2009
  92. [http://electionresults.sd.gov/applications/st25cers3/resultsSW.aspx?type=swr&eid=2 South Dakota Secretary of State, "Election night results - June 8th, 2010," July 1, 2010
  93. Hog House "Jason Gant sending SOS signals" 23 Sept. 2009
  94. The Republic "SD GOP nominates state Sen. Jason Gant for secretary of state" 26 June, 2010
  95. Keloland Television "Nesselhuf Running For Secretary Of State" 16 Oct. 2009
  96. Black Hills FOX "Nesselhuf gets Dems' nod for secretary of state" 26 June, 2010
  97. The Burlington Free Press "Gibbs to run for Vermont secretary of state" 30 April, 2010
  98. VT Digger "On video: Jim Condos announces bid for Vermont Secretary of State; runs on transparency platform" 1 April, 2010
  99. Rutland Herald "Chris Roy announces he will run for secretary of state" 14 Feb. 2009
  100. Times Argus "Roy, Merriman eye secretary of state's race" 10 March, 2009
  101. WisPolitics "La Follette Campaign: La Follete announces his bid for re-election" 28 April, 2010
  102. Badger Blogger "Pastor David King to run for Wisconsin Secretary of State" 28 Aug. 2009
  103. Red State "My Take on the 2010 WY Races" 2 Feb. 2010
  104. Star Tribune "Dem enters secretary of state race" 21 May, 2010