Elections & Campaigns
Post-Election Analysis: Expected Red Wave Turns Blue
November 9, 2022 | Bill Kramer
Track 2022 secretary of state elections, with analysis from our experts and a downloadable quick reference resource.
Last Updated November 17, 2022
Of the 27 secretaries of state up for election this year, no secretary of state seat has flipped political control. Although the last remaining race in Wisconsin is still too close to call.
Secretary of state is a statewide office in 47 states and, although duties vary by state, a primary responsibility includes managing and overseeing a state’s elections. Voters in 38 states elect the secretary of state, while the remaining 12 states appoint the secretary of state. Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah do not have a secretary of state position. And Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia call the office the “secretary of the commonwealth.”
Currently, there are 27 Republican secretaries of state and 20 Democratic secretaries of state.
On November 8, 2022, secretary of state seats in 27 states are up for election. Of these seats up for election, 13 seats are currently held by Democrats and 14 seats are currently held by Republicans.
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.