2019 State Attorney General Races

Now that we are well into 2020, we should note that there were three state Attorney General seats up for grabs in 2019. The results represent a power shift from a majority of Democratic-held seats to a majority of Republican seats. Including the District of Columbia, the Republicans now hold 26 seats versus 25 for the Democrats (though Democrats also hold the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa).

Here are the results of the 2019 state Attorney General races in Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana:

On November 5, 2019, the Commonwealth of Kentucky elected Daniel Cameron (R) as the new Attorney General. In replacing now-Governor Andy Beshear (D), Cameron won 57.8% of the vote, beating former Attorney General Greg Stumbo. Attorney General Cameron was sworn into office on December 17, becoming the first Republican Kentucky Attorney General in 70 years as well as the first African-American Attorney General in Kentucky history.

The Mississippi election to replace long-time Attorney General Jim Hood (D), also held on November 5, 2019, resulted in a win for former State Treasurer Lynn Fitch (R), who defeated Democrat Jennifer Collins with 60% of the vote. Fitch became the first woman to serve as Mississippi Attorney General when she was sworn into office on January 14, 2020.

Louisiana re-elected Republican Attorney General and NAAG President Jeff Landry on October 12, 2019. Landry’s re-election marks his second defeat of Democratic candidate Issac “Ike” Jackson Jr.

March 26, 2020 | Issue No. 2
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