Gubernatorial and Attorney General 2022 Midterm Election Review

November 10, 2022

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2022 Gubernatorial Election Results

On Nov. 8, 2022, 36 gubernatorial races were held across the country. An updated roster of all gubernatorial races can be found below. Highlights include:

Democratic governors in several key presidential battleground states were able to defend their seats in yesterday’s elections including Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan and Tony Evers in Wisconsin. Add to that, the critical state of Pennsylvania which stayed in Democratic hands with the election of current state attorney general Josh Shapiro. These three states comprised the “blue wall” that helped Joe Biden defeat then President Donald Trump in 2020.

In Oregon’s three-way race, Democrat Tina Kotek is currently leading Republican Christine Drazan and Independent candidate Betsy Johnson. Republicans have not won the state in nearly four decades.

Two notable pickups for the Democrats were in the traditionally blue Massachusetts and Maryland. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Wes Moore, both barrier breaking candidates, put these two Democratic strongholds back in the hands of the Democratic party.

Ron DeSantis in Florida, Greg Abbott in Texas, Kim Reynolds in Iowa and Brian Kemp in Georgia solidified their political hold over their respective states and cemented their positions as future standard bearers of the Republican party. In addition, incoming Republican candidates like Sarah Huckabee Sanders in Arkansas and Jim Pillen in Nebraska ran strong campaigns in open seats. In a close Kansas race, Republicans failed to unseat Democratic governor Laura Kelly as she defeated Republican attorney general Derek Schmidt. Kelly was the only Democratic running for re-election in a state that Trump won in 2020.

Democratic Nevada incumbent Steve Sisolak is awaiting final results. Sisolak is in a close race with Republican Joe Lombardo, Sheriff in vote-rich Clark County, home to Las Vegas. Arizona’s open seat is also pending results as Trump-backed Kari Lake faces off against Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

2022 Gubernatorial Election Results

State

Democrat

Republican

Winner

Alabama

Yolanda Flowers

Kay Ivey (i)

Kay Ivey (R)

Alaska

Les Gara

Mike Dunleavy (i)

Arizona

Katie Hobbs

Kari Lake

Arkansas

Chris Jones

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R)

California

Gavin Newsom (i)

Brian Dahle

Gavin Newsom (D)

Colorado

Jared Polis (i)

Heidi Ganahl

Jared Polis (D)

Connecticut

Ned Lamont (i)

Bob Stefanowski

Ned Lamont (D)

Florida

Charlie Christ

Ron DeSantis (i)

Ron DeSantis (R)

Georgia

Stacey Abrams

Brian Kemp (i)

Brian Kemp (R)

Hawaii

Josh Green

Duke Aiona

Josh Green (D)

Idaho

Stephen Heidt

Brad Little (i)

Brad Little (R)

Illinois

JB Pritzker (i)

Darren Bailey

JB Pritzker (D)

Iowa

Deidre DeJear

Kim Reynolds (i)

Kim Reynolds (R)

Kansas

Laura Kelly (i)

Derek Schmidt

Laura Kelly (D)

Maine

Janet Mills (i)

Paul LePage

Janet Mills (D)

Maryland

Wes Moore

Dan Cox

Wes Moore (D)

Massachusetts

Maura Healy

Geoff Diehl

Maura Healy (D)

Michigan

Gretchen Whitmer (i)

Tudor Dixon

Gretchen Whitmer (D)

Minnesota

Tim Walz (i)

Scott Jensen

Tim Walz (D)

Nebraska

Carol Blood

Jim Pillen

Jim Pillen (R)

Nevada

Steve Sisolak (i)

Joe Lombardo

New Hampshire

Tom Sherman

Chris Sununu (i)

Chris Sununu (R)

New Mexico

Michelle Lujan Grisham (i)

Mark Ronchetti

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

New York

Kathy Hochul (i)

Lee Zeldin

Kathy Hochul (D)

Ohio

Nan Whaley

Mike DeWine (i)

Mike DeWine (R)

Oklahoma

Joy Hofmeister

Kevin Stitt (i)

Kevin Stitt (R)

Oregon

Tina Kotek

Christine Drazan

Pennsylvania

Josh Shapiro

Doug Mastriano

Josh Shapiro (D)

Rhode Island

Daniel McKee (i)

Ashley Kalus

Daniel McKee (D)

South Carolina

Joe Cunningham

Henry McMaster (i)

Henry McMaster (R)

South Dakota

Jamie Smith

Kristi Noem (i)

Kristi Noem (R)

Tennessee

Jason Martin

Bill Lee (i)

Bill Lee (R)

Texas

Beto O’Rourke

Greg Abbott (i)

Greg Abbott (R)

Vermont

Brenda Siegel

Phil Scott (i)

Phil Scott (R)

Wisconsin

Tony Evers (i)

Tim Michels

Tony Evers (D)

Wyoming

Theresa Livingston

Mark Gordon (i)

Mark Gordon (R)

Total

Republicans: 23

Democrats: 23

Note: Maryland and Massachusetts were the only two contests to have its Gubernatorial partisan office change party control.
Results as of 11/09/2022 4:00 P.M.
Italics Indicate Competitive Race
(i) Indicates Incumbent


2022 Attorney General Election Results

Thirty states held elections for attorney general including 14 Republican-held offices and 16 Democrat-held offices. An updated roster of all attorneys general races can be found below. Highlights include:

Democratic incumbents won including Peter Neronha in Rhode Island, Kathy Jennings in Delaware, William Tong in Connecticut, Letitia James in New York, Kwame Raoul in Illinois and Phil Weiser in Colorado. In Wisconsin, Democrat Josh Kaul leads Republican Eric Toney. Democrats held seats with outgoing Democratic Attorneys General with Brian Schwalb in the District of Columbia, Andrea Campbell in Massachusetts, Raul Torrez in New Mexico and Anthony Brown in Maryland.

Longtime Attorney General Tom Miller in Iowa was defeated by Republican challenger Brenna Bird. General Miller was the nation’s longest serving attorney general first elected in 1995. In Kansas, Republicans were able to notch a win at the attorney general level electing Kris Kobach while unable to flip the targeted governor’s race. Attorney General-elect Kobach will serve with incumbent Democratic Governor Laura Kelly.

Former Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin won his race for the attorney general seat in Arkansas. Former Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will serve as Lieutenant Governor with incoming Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In Georgia, Chris Carr navigated a well-funded challenge from former state senator Jen Jordan.

Several races are still outstanding. In Nevada, Democrat incumbent Aaron Ford currently leads Republican candidate Sigal Chattah. In Arizona, Democrat Kris Mays holds a slight lead over Abraham Hamadeh.

2022 Attorney General Election Results

State

Democrat

Republican

Winner

Alabama

Wendell Major

Steve Marshall (i)

Steve Marshall (R)

Arizona

Kris Mayes

Abraham Hamadeh

Arkansas

Jesse Gibson

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin (R)

California

 Rob Bonta (i)

Nathan Hochman

Rob Bonta (D)

Colorado

Phil Weiser (i)

John Kellner

Phil Weiser (D)

Connecticut

William Tong (i)

Jessica Kordas

William Tong (D)

Delaware

Kathy Jennings (i)

Julianne Murray

Kathy Jennings (D)

Florida

Aramis Ayala

Ashley Moody (i)

Ashley Moody (R)

Georgia

Jen Jordan

Christopher Carr (i)

Christopher Carr (R)

Idaho

Tom Arkoosh

Raul Labrador

Raul Labrador (R)

Illinois

Kwame Raoul (i)

Thomas DeVore

Kwame Raoul (D)

Iowa

 Tom Miller (i)

Brenna Bird

Brenna Bird (R)

Kansas

Chris Mann

Kris Kobach

Kris Kobach (R)

Maryland

Anthony Brown

Michael Peroutka

Anthony Brown (D)

Massachusetts

Andrea Campbell

James McMahon

Andrea Campbell (D)

Michigan

Dana Nessel (i)

Matthew DePerno

Dana Nessel (D)

Minnesota

Keith Ellison (i)

Jim Schultz

Keith Ellison (D)

Nebraska

Larry Bolinger

Mike Hilgers

Mike Hilgers (R)

Nevada

Aaron Ford (i)

Sigal Chattah

New Mexico

Raul Torrez

Jeremy Gay

Raul Torrez (D)

New York

Letitia James (i)

Michael Henry

Letitia James (D)

North Dakota

Timothy Lamb

Drew Wrigley (i)

Drew Wrigley (R)

Ohio

Jeffrey Crossman

Dave Yost (i)

Dave Yost (R)

Oklahoma

Lynda Steele

Gentner Drummond

Gentner Drummond (R)

Rhode Island

Peter Neronha (i)

Charles Calenda

Peter Neronha (D)

South Carolina

Uncontested

Alan Wilson (i)

Alan Wilson

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