2022 State Elections Toolkit
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How Are Lieutenant Governors Selected?

Lieutenant governor is a statewide position, the second-highest in the executive branch, in 45 states. Arizona, New Hampshire, Maine, Oregon, and Wyoming do not have a lieutenant governor position. Of the 45 states with a lieutenant governor, 43 are elected to that position. The two exceptions are Tennessee and West Virginia, where the senate president serves as the lieutenant governor. Only 17 states elect a lieutenant governor independently, while 26 states elect the governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket (similar to how U.S President and Vice President run on a joint ticket and are not elected separately).


Current Partisan Breakdown of Lt. Governors

Currently, Republicans hold lieutenant governorships in 26 states compared to 19 lieutenant governorships held by Democrats.


States with Lt. Governor Elections in 2022

On November 8, 2022, lieutenant gubernatorial seats in 30 states are up for election. Of the 30 lieutenant gubernatorial seats up for election in 2022, 15 seats are currently held by Democrats, and 15 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 lieutenant gubernatorial races. Asterisk (*) indicated incumbent.

State

Primary Election

Democratic Candidate

Republican Candidate

Alabama

May 24

NoneWill Ainsworth*

Alaska

August 16

Jessica Cook
Nancy Dahlstrom

Arkansas

May 24

Kelly Krout
Leslie Rutledge

California

June 7

Eleni Kounalakis*
Angela Underwood Jacobs

Colorado

June 28

Dianne Primavera*
Danny Moore

Connecticut

August 9

Susan Bysiewicz
Laura Devlin

Florida

August 23

Karla Hernandez
Jeanette Nuñez

Georgia

May 24 / June 21

Charlie Bailey
Burt Jones

Hawaii

August 13

Sylvia Luke
Seaula Tupai

Idaho

May 17

Terri Pickens Manweiler
Scott Bedke

Illinois

June 28

Juliana Stratton*
Stephanie Trussell

Iowa

June 7

Eric Van Lancker
Adam Gregg*

Kansas

August 2

David Toland
Katie Sawyer

Maryland

July 19

Aruna Miller
Gordana Schifanelli

Massachusetts

September 6

Kim Driscoll
Leah Allen

Michigan

Aug. 21 / Aug. 27

Garlin Gilchrist II*
Shane Hernandez

Minnesota

August 9

Peggy Flanagan*
Matt Birk

Nebraska

May 10

None Joe Kelly

Nevada

June 14

Elizabeth Cano Burkhead*
Stavros Anthony

New Mexico

June 7

Howie Morales*
Ant Thornton

New York

June 28

Antonio Delgado*
Alison Esposito

Ohio

May 3

Cheryl Stephens

Jon Husted*

Oklahoma

June 28

Melinda Alizadeh-Fard
Matt Pinnell*

Pennsylvania

May 17

Austin Davis
Carrie DelRosso

Rhode Island

September 13

Sabina Matos*
Aaron Guckian

South Carolina

June 14

Tally Parham Casey
Pamela Evette

South Dakota

June 7

Jennifer Healy Keintz
Larry Rhoden 

Texas

March 1 / May 24

Mike Collier

Dan Patrick*

Vermont

August 9

David Zuckerman
Joe Benning

Wisconsin

August 9

Sara Rodriguez
Roger Roth

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.