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Post-Election Results & Analysis

Of the 30 AG seats up for election, so far, only one has flipped parties. In Iowa, challenger Brenna Bird (R) defeated long-time incumbent Tom Miller (D), who had held on to the AG seat for 10 terms — 40 years — the longest-serving official in that post in any state. The AG seat in Arizona remains too close to call. 


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How Are Attorneys General Selected?

The attorney general (AG) serves as the state’s chief legal officer and is a statewide position in all 50 states. In 43 states, the attorney general is elected statewide, and appointed in the remaining seven states. The AG is appointed by the governor in five states (Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Wyoming), the legislature in Maine, and the state supreme court in Tennessee. 

Current Partisan Breakdown of Attorneys General

Currently, there are 27 Republican attorneys general and 23 Democratic attorneys general. 


States with Attorney General Elections in 2022

On November 8, 2022, attorney general seats in 30 states are up for election.  Of the 30 attorney general seats up for election in 2022, 16 seats are currently held by Democrats and 14 seats are currently held by Republicans. 


Primary Elections: Dates and Results

The chart below lays out the primary dates and the victors (once available) in major party primaries for the 30 attorney general races. Asterisk (*) indicated incumbent.

State

Primary Election

Democratic Candidate

Republican Candidate

Alabama

May 24

Wendell Major
Steve Marshall*

Arizona

August 2

Kris Mayes
Abraham Hamadeh

Arkansas

May 24

Jesse Gibson
Tim Griffin

California

June 7

Rob Bonta*
Nathan Hochman

Colorado

June 28

Phil Weiser*
John Kellner

Connecticut

August 9

William Tong*
Jessica Kordas

Delaware

September 13

Kathy Jennings*
Julianne Murray

Florida

August 23

Aramis Ayala
Ashley Moody*

Georgia

May 24

Jen Jordan
Chris Carr*

Idaho

May 17

Steven Scanlin
Raul Labrador

Illinois

June 28

Kwame Raoul*
Thomas DeVore

Iowa

June 7

Tom Miller*
Brenna Bird

Kansas

August 2

Chris Mann
Kris Kobach

Maryland

July 19

Anthony Brown
Michael Peroutka

Massachusetts

September 6

Andrea Campbell
James McMahon

Michigan

Aug. 21 / Aug. 27

Dana Nessel *
Matthew DePerno

Minnesota

August 9

Keith Ellison*
Jim Schultz

Nebraska

May 10

NoneMike Hilgers

Nevada

June 14

Aaron Ford*
Sigal Chattah

New Mexico

June 7

Raul Torrez
Jeremy Gay

New York

June 28

Letitia James*
Michael Henry

North Dakota

June 14

Timothy Lamb
Drew Wrigley* 

Ohio

May 3

Jeff Crossman

Dave Yost*

Oklahoma

June 28

NoneGentner Drummond

Rhode Island

September 13

Peter Neronha*
Charles Calenda

South Carolina

June 14

None
Alan Wilson*

South Dakota

June 7

None
Marty Jackley

Texas

March 1

Rochelle Garza

Ken Paxton*

Vermont

August 9

Charity Clark
H. Brooke Paige

Wisconsin

August 9

Josh Kaul*
Eric Toney


Additional Resources and Analysis

Visit our 2022 State Elections Toolkit for additional information on all of the state executive and legislative seats up for election this year, handy downloadable resources,  and analysis of the potential impact on the partisan makeup of state governments.