Morning Update: 24 Election Deniers Lost Races for Statewide Office in 17 States
As of 10:45 a.m. ET, Election Deniers have won fewer than 1 in 7 Races for Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State
Washington, D.C. — States United Action today released the following update on the Election Denier landscape based on election results as of 10:45 a.m. ET on November 9, 2022. This tracking represents only partial results, as votes are still being counted in many states across the country, including Arizona and Nevada.
As of 10:45 a.m. ET on November 9, 2022:
- Looking at the 40 states and D.C. that had statewide elections this year, 13 Election Deniers have won a statewide role in election administration in 9 states. 24 Election Deniers have lost races for a statewide role in election administration in 17 states.
- Governor: Election Deniers have won elections for governor in 5 states. They are all incumbents. Election Deniers have lost elections for governor in 12 states.
- Attorney General: Election Deniers have won elections for attorney general in 5 states. All but 1 are incumbents. Election Deniers have lost elections for attorney general in 2 states.
- Secretary of State: Election Deniers have won elections for secretary of state in 3 states. Election Deniers have lost elections for secretary of state in 8 states.
- Election Deniers have won fewer than 1 in 7 (13/94 or 13.83%) races for the statewide positions that oversee our elections—governor, attorney general, and secretary of state.
- Election Deniers have won 13.89% (5/36) of the races for governor. Results aren’t final yet in 3 races with Election Deniers.
- Election Deniers have won 16.12% (5/31) of the races for attorney general. Results aren’t final yet in 3 races with Election Deniers.
- Election Deniers have won 11.1% (3/27) of the races for secretary of state. Results aren’t final yet in 2 races with Election Deniers.
“Our democracy withstood an important test, and that’s because of the voters. Voters showed up and said that they believe in our free and fair elections and want their statewide officials to believe in them too,” said Joanna Lydgate, CEO of States United Action. “But we need to remember that the Election Denier movement isn’t going anywhere as we look to 2024—this is a continuing threat. If the Election Deniers who did win their races break the law to undermine the will of the people, we’re going to hold them accountable.”
“There’s no question that the freedom to vote was on voters’ minds this year. While we’re still waiting on some results, the data from this year’s midterms paints a clear picture: Americans overwhelmingly rejected candidates running for statewide office who spread lies and conspiracy theories about our election system,” said Thania Sanchez, Senior Vice President of Research and Policy Development at States United Action.
Review our full pre-election Replacing the Refs tracker, as of October 15, here. We will release a full post-election update to this resource, including deeper analysis of the results and the implications for our free and fair elections, in the coming weeks.
About States United Action
States United Action is a nonpartisan section 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization with a mission to protect our elections and our democracy. States United Action advocates for policies that protect election integrity, hold democracy violators accountable, and prevent political violence that threatens to undermine the will of the American people, and amplifies the voices of state leaders and law enforcement leaders who share these values. To learn more, visit www.statesuniteddemocracy.org/states-united-action.