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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



Arizona

August 2



Arkansas

May 24



California

June 7



Colorado

June 28



Connecticut

August 9



Delaware

September 13



Florida

August 23



Georgia

May 24



Idaho

May 17



Illinois

June 28



Iowa

June 7



Kansas

August 2



Maryland

June 28



Massachusetts

September 6



Michigan

August 2



Minnesota

August 9



Nebraska

May 10

NoneMike Hilgers

Nevada

June 14



New Mexico

June 7



New York

June 28



North Dakota

June 14



Ohio

May 3

Jeff Crossman

Dave Yost*

Oklahoma

June 28



Rhode Island

September 13



South Carolina

June 14



South Dakota

June 7



Texas

March 1

Rochelle Garza

Ken Paxton*

Vermont

August 9



Wisconsin

August 9




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.