Welcome to the Brew on Monday June 27th.
By: Samuel Wonacott
Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day:
- Attorneys general in nine states have raised a total of $48.4 million this election cycle
- A look at the June 28 election in Utah
- A look at the June 28 election in Oklahoma
Attorneys general in nine states have raised a total of $27.8 million this election cycle
Attorney general elections will be held in 30 states this year. Let’s take a look at campaign finance numbers in nine of these states, where we’re working with Transparency USA to provide detailed campaign finance data.
In the current election cycle in nine states, attorneys general have raised a total of $27.8 million. Two attorney generals — California’s Rob Bonta ($8.7 million) and Texas’ Ken Paxton ($5.9 million) — have raised at least $5 million for reelection campaigns.
Figures from Virginia, which held a 2021 attorney general election, are not included above. Jason Miyares (R) raised $7.4 million and spent $6.9 million during the 2021 campaign cycle. He defeated then-Attorney General Mark Herring (D) by a score of 50.4% to 49.6%.
This is what the data shows:
You can delve deeper into these fundraising numbers by clicking on the links below:
Attorney general elections will be held in 30 states this year. Of those 30 attorney general offices, Democrats hold 16 and Republicans hold 14. In 2018, the last time all 30 offices were up for election, Democrats gained control of four in Colorado, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin.
Overall, Democrats hold 22 attorney general offices and Republicans hold 26.
This year we plan to publish several hundred articles that break down campaign finance numbers across the 12 states covered by Transparency USA: Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. To learn more about our partnership with Transparency USA, click below.
A look at the June 28 election in Utah
By July, a majority of states will have held state primaries. Unlike May and June, when the states held primary elections almost every week, only Maryland holds state elections in July.
Let’s turn to the final primaries of this month. Five states will hold primary elections on June 28 – Colorado, Illinois, New York (legislative districts and state executive offices only), Oklahoma and Utah. Here’s a preview of what’s on the ballot in Utah and Oklahoma.
Utah will hold elections for a seat in the US Senate and all four districts of the US House of Representatives. Seven candidates are running for the Republican Senate seat, including incumbent Mike Lee (R). Lee first took office in 2011. One candidate, Kael Weston, is running in the Democratic primary. Three independent election forecasters look at the general election Solid Republican or Probably Republican.
All four of Utah’s home districts are up for election. Republicans represent all four districts. Thirteen candidates ran for all four districts, including four Democrats and nine Republicans. All four incumbents are running for re-election, and all four face the first challengers. There are no contested Democratic primaries.
Utah voters will decide the primary for the state treasurer and eight of the 15 seats on the Board of Education. Voters also decide the primary elections for the Senate and House of Representatives.
There are 15 districts up for election in the state Senate. Republicans hold a 23-6 Senate majority. 75 districts of the House of Representatives are up for election. The Republicans have a majority of 58 to 17. Fifteen of the 82 Utah state lawmakers up for re-election this year — two Democrats and 13 incumbents — have contested primary elections.
Utah uses a unique convention primary structure in which candidates attend conventions before advancing to the primary. Congresses were held on April 23rd. Three incumbents were defeated at conventions this year: Reps. Stephen Handy (R), Douglas Sagers (R) and Steve Waldrip (R). These were the most incumbent legislative states defeated in the Utah Conventions since 2014.
In Utah, the lead candidate with the most votes wins—even if that candidate receives less than 50% of the total votes. Utah is one of 40 states without a runoff in the primary. The state cancels uncontested primary elections, and registered candidates only contest general elections, not primary elections.
A look at the June 28 election in Oklahoma
Now for the Oklahoma primary on June 28th. If necessary, the primary runoffs will take place on August 23rd.
Voters decide the primaries for two seats in the US Senate and all five districts of the US House of Representatives.
Oklahoma is the only state in this cycle where both US Senate seats are up for election. Longtime US Senator Jim Inhofe, who took office in 1994, announced he would retire on January 3, 2023, prompting a special election. The candidate who wins the general election will serve out the remainder of Inhofe’s term, which ends in 2027. Ten candidates are running in the special Republican primary. The Democratic primary was canceled because Kendra Horn was the only candidate to come forward. The Republican primary winner faces Horn, Robert Murphy (L) and Ray Woods (I) in November’s general election.
About a third of the seats in the US Senate are up for election every two years. In 2020, Georgia held two US Senate elections (both went to runoff in January 2021). Previously, both US Senate seats in Mississippi were up for election in 2018.
Senator James Lankford (R) is running in a regularly scheduled US Senate election. Three candidates – Lankford, Joan Farr and Jackson Lahmeyer – are running in the Republican primary. Six candidates — Arya Azma, Dennis Baker, Jason Bollinger, Jo Glenn, Madison Horn, Brandon Wade — are running in the Democratic primary.
All five districts of the US House of Representatives from Oklahoma are on the ballot this year. Republicans represent all five districts. Twenty-eight candidates are running for the five districts of the US House of Representatives in Oklahoma, including five Democrats and 23 Republicans.
Oklahoma voters will decide the primary for a number of state executive offices, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. In addition, voters will decide primary elections for 24 districts in the State Senate and all 101 districts in the State Assembly.
Republicans hold a 39-to-9 majority in the Senate and an 82-to-18 majority in the Assembly. Of the 125 districts up for election in Oklahoma in 2022, 88 are uncontested, meaning voters in 70% of districts will have either only one Democrat or only one Republican on their general election ballots. This is both the largest number and highest ratio of undisputed districts since 2014.
In Oklahoma, primary candidates must receive a majority of the votes to win. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the total votes, the two candidates with the most votes advance to a runoff on August 23. Oklahoma is one of ten states that conduct runoff elections as part of their party nomination process.