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Post-Election Results & Analysis

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. 

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How Are Secretaries of State Selected?

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.”

Current Partisan Breakdown of Secretaries of State

Currently, there are 27 Republican secretaries of state and 20 Democratic secretaries of state. 


States with Secretary of State Elections in 2022

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. 


Primary Elections: Dates and Results

The chart below lays out the primary dates and the victors (once available) in major party primaries for the 27 secretary of state races. Asterisk (*) indicated incumbent.

State

Primary Election

Democratic Candidate

Republican Candidate

Alabama

May 24 / June 21

Pamela Laffitte
Wes Allen

Arizona

August 2

Adrian Fontes
Mark Finchem

Arkansas

May 24

Anna Beth Gorman
John Thurston

California

June 7

Shirley Weber*
Rob Bernosky

Colorado

June 28

Jena Griswold*
Pam Anderson

Connecticut

August 9

Stephanie Thomas
Dominic Rapini

Georgia

May 24

Bee Nguyen
Brad Raffensperger*

Idaho

May 17

Shawn Keenan
Phil McGrane

Illinois

June 28

Alexi Giannoulias
Dan Brady

Indiana

May 3

Destiny Scott Wells
Diego Morales 

Iowa

June 7

Joel Miller
Paul Pate*

Kansas

August 2

Jeanna Repass
Scott Schwab*

Massachusetts

September 6

William Galvin*
Rayla Campbell

Michigan

Aug. 21 / Aug. 27

Jocelyn Benson*
Kristina Karamo

Minnesota

August 9

Steve Simon*
Kim Crockett

Nebraska

May 10

NoneBob Evnen*

Nevada

June 14

Francisco Aguilar
Jim Marchant

New Mexico

June 7

Maggie Toulouse Oliver*
Audrey Trujillo

North Dakota

June 14

Jeffrey Powell 
Michael Howe

Ohio

May 3

Chelsea Clark

Frank LaRose*

Rhode Island

September 13

Gregg Amore
Pat Cortellessa

South Carolina

June 14

Rosemounda Butler
Mark Hammond*

South Dakota

June 7

Tom Cool
Monae Johnson

Vermont

August 9

Sarah Copeland Hanzas
H. Brooke Paige

Washington

August 2

Steve Hobbs*
None

Wisconsin

August 9

Doug La Follette*
Amy Loudenbeck

Wyoming

August 16

NoneChuck Gray


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.