With Kamala Harris now victorious in the California attorney general election (see below), Democrats nationwide can mark the state AG races as one area where they didn't do awfully on election night. Republicans won five AG seats from Democrats, four in solidly GOP states (Arizona, Georgia, Kansas and Oklahoma), as well as the competitive state of Ohio, where former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine defeated the incumbent appointee, Richard Cordray. But, as Governing.com reported:
Democrats staved off worse results by retaining six of their endangered seats, four of them in the Democratic stronghold of the Northeast. The Democrats retained AG slots in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island -- all of these but Massachusetts were open seats -- while also retaining seats held by endangered incumbents in more marginal states, Iowa and Nevada.
Post-election Democrats will still maintain the edge in elective state attorneys general, 22 out of the 43 positions. (See also WSJ Law Blog, "On Its Big Night, GOP Picks Up Attorney General Seats As Well.")
The National Association of Attorneys General has a list of election winners from Nov. 3. The NAAG's new AG orientation starts Monday in Phoenix, with the rest of the group's winter meeting following Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. In other developments:
- AP, Nov. 23, "CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming Gov.-elect Matt Mead says he will appoint a federal prosecutor and longtime friend to serve as state attorney general." Greg Phillips is a Democrat, the new governor a Republican.
- The New-Times newspaper publishes the first interview with Connecticut's next attorney general, long-time legislator and former Democratic state chairman, George Jepsen, "Jepsen sees an opportunity for change." The change? More progressive and reptile-friendly than Richard Blumenthal, we infer.
- Blumenthal has one more campaign in him, it appears: a PR attack against a branded credit card. From The Daily News: "Don't keep up with Kardashians, Connecticut attorney general warns parents on Black Friday"