Statewide elections, 2011

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Down ballot offices: (KY, LA, MS)


State executive officials

See: State executive official elections, 2011

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 include gubernatorial offices in four states and state commissioners in three states. The general election in two states was held on November 8, 2011. West Virginia held a special gubernatorial election on October 4, 2011 and Louisiana's state executive offices were decided in the October 21, 2011 primary election. The other primary elections varied from state to state and took place in May, August and October.

Gubernatorial elections

See: Gubernatorial elections, 2011

Three states, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, held gubernatorial elections in the 2011 electoral cycle. A fourth state, West Virginia, held a special election following a court order.

Incumbents in Kentucky and Louisiana (Kentucky Democrat Steve Beshear and Louisiana Republican Bobby Jindal) ran for re-election; Mississippi's Haley Barbour was term limited. In West Virginia, appointed Governor pro tem Earl Ray Tomblin ran for a special, 14-month term.

Jindal, Beshear, and Tomblin all won their seats. In Mississippi, Barbour's Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant won the gubernatorial election over Johnny DuPree.

Lt. Governor campaigns

See:Lieutenant Governor elections, 2011

Three states, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, held lieutenant gubernatorial elections in the 2011 electoral cycle.

Of the three states holding 2011 elections, each will have a slightly different procedure.

  • Louisiana holds separate primary elections but puts the winners of each primary election on a shared ticket in the general election. Because of Louisiana's singular jungle primary system and its very late primary date in 2011, the race for governor and lieutenant governor may be distinct campaigns for most of the year. But the office was decided this year in the primary election: incumbent Jay Dardenne won more than 50% of the popular vote over Billy Nungesser.

Secretary of State

See: State executive official elections, 2011

Three secretary of state elections were held in 2011. Republican incumbents held their seats in both Mississippi and Louisiana. In Kentucky, incumbent Democrat Elaine Walker fell to Alison Lundergan Grimes in the May 17, 2011 primary election. Grimes went on to defeat Republican Bill Johnson in the general election.

Attorney General

See: State executive official elections, 2011

Three state attorney general elections are scheduled for November 8, 2011. At the beginning of the year, all three of the seats were held by a Democrat. Mid-year, though, Louisiana's incumbent Buddy Caldwell switched to the Republican Party. All three incumbents won re-election.

Other offices

Other offices that were up for election in 2011 include State Treasurer, Auditor, Public Services Commissioner, Commissioner of Insurance, and Commissioner of Agriculture. For a breakdown by office, click here.

Judicial elections

See: Judicial elections, 2011 on Judgepedia.

State legislatures

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2011 State Legislative Elections

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See also: State legislative elections, 2011

8 state legislative chamber elections took place in November 2011. A total of 578 state legislative seats were elected in November 2011.

2011 marked the first general elections using updated redistricting maps in state legislatures. Heading into the elections, Democrats and Republicans each controlled four chambers -- two senates and two houses, respectively.

After the election, Republicans now control 3 chambers, Democrats control 2, and one remains tied. However, the tie is the Virginia State Senate, where the tie-breaking vote is cast by the Lieutenant Governor -- a Republican.

Partisan breakdown of state legislators in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia
Before November 2011 election After November 2011 election
Party Senators Representatives Total state legislators Senators Representatives Total state legislators Gain/loss legislators
87 200 287 77 179 256 -23
83 202 285 92 223 315 +26
Independent or nonpartisan
0 4 4 0 3 3 -1
1 1 2 0 0 0 -2
Partisan breakdown of state legislators in all 50 states
Before November 2011 election After November 2011 election
Party Senators Representatives Total state legislators Senators Representatives Total state legislators Gain/loss legislators
879 2,454 3,333 875 2,439 3,310 -23
1,028 2,912 3,940 1,032 2,926 3,966 +26
Independent or nonpartisan
53 12 65 53 11 64 -1
Third-party and non-voting
2 9 11 2 9 11 0

Ballot measures

See also: 2011 ballot measures
2011 ballot measures
Tuesday Count2011 Scorecard
34 ballot questions were certified for spots on 9 statewide ballots in 2011, as of November 7, 2011.[1]

A total of 4 elections were scheduled for the year. Of the 34 questions, 27 ballot questions appeared on the November 8, 2011 general election ballot in 7 states.

Historically, odd-numbered election years feature significantly fewer measures than even-numbered years. Since 1970 odd-numbered years have had an average of 46 ballot questions. In 2009, voters cast their ballots on a grand total of 32 questions.

2 political topics were found to be the most popular among 2011 ballot measures: taxes and state budgets. Taxes ranked as the most popular issue with a total of 8 measures. The same is true for 2009, when 8 measures also appeared in the category.

Unlike even-numbered years, odd years have few categories appear on the ballot. 2011 features only 15 political issues, compared to 2010's measures which touched on more than 40 different topics. The "Big 5" topics for 2011 include: taxes, state budgets, administration of government, health care, gambling and elections and campaigns.

See also: Chart of 2011 ballot measures by political topic

See also


  1. Two constitutional amendments are on a special election ballot in the state of Alabama. However, these questions will only appeared in their respective counties for residents to vote on. The reason being is that in order to pass local county laws, an amendment to the state constitution is needed. Alabama mandates that county governments seek legislative approval or legislatively-referred constitutional amendment ballot measures for approval of laws. The amendments are not included in Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count.