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The results in other state AG races

In addition to the West Virginia race described in Walter's post immediately below (the tightest AG race in the nation), here's a roundup of the ten other state attorneys general races I've been able to get information on (percentages are approximate):

Indiana -- Incumbent Steve Carter (R) defeated Joseph Hogsett (D), 58%-42%. (John Tuohy, "Voters re-elect GOP's Carter," Indianapolis Star, Nov. 3.)

Missouri -- Incumbent Jay Nixon (D) won a fourth term in his race against Chris Byrd (R), 60%-38%.

Montana -- Incumbent Mike McGrath (D) was unopposed for a second term.

North Carolina -- Incumbent Roy Cooper (D) beat Joe Knott (R), 55%-45%. (Bruce Siceloff, "Cooper re-elected handily," Raleigh News-Observer, Nov. 3.)

North Dakota -- Incumbent Wayne Stenehjem (R) defeated Bruce Schoenwald (D) by the largest margin of the night, 73%-27%.

Oregon -- Incumbent Hardy Myers (D) won a third term by beating Paul Connolly (R), 55%-40%.

Pennsylvania -- In the race to fill the seat vacated by Mike Fisher (now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit), Tom Corbett (R) beat Jim Eisenhower (D), 51%-49%. ("Corbett has slight lead," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 3.)

Utah -- Incumbent Mark Shurtleff (R) defeated Gregory Skordas (D), 67%-33%. (Zack Van Eyck, "GOP retains 3 state posts," Deseret Morning News, Nov. 3.)

Vermont -- Incumbent William Sorrell (D) won a fourth (2-year) term by defeating Dennis Carver (R), 65%-35%.

Washington -- In the race to succeed Democrat Christine Gregoire (who may or may not be the next governor of the state), Rob McKenna (R) defeated Deborah Senn (D), 55%-45%. (Stuart Eskenazi, "McKenna declaring victory in campaign for attorney general," Seattle Times, Nov. 3.)

Bottom line: In the 2 races for open seats, the GOP picked up Washington, and held on to Pennsylvania -- both Kerry states (by 53% and 51%, respectively).

One question: It looks as though the second term of Maine's Steven Rowe (D) ends this year. I have it on good authority that the Maine AG is appointed by the legislature, but I can't find any evidence of Rowe being re-appointed. Can anyone shed any light on this?

Finally, Ken Salazar's successful race for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado leaves that state's AG position open.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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