Former U.S. Attorneys in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado won elections Tuesday night for state attorney general, while a fourth former Justice Department lawyer, Dan Gelber, lost the race for Florida Attorney General to his Republican opponent.
With all precincts reporting, Republican Marty Jackley, who was South Dakota U.S. Attorney from 2006 to 2009, stayed on as his state’s attorney general with 67 percent of the vote. His challenger, Democrat Ron Volesky, a former state senator, received 33 percent of the vote.
Jackley resigned as U.S. Attorney in September 2009, when South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) appointed him to serve out the remainder of former Attorney General Larry Long’s term. Rounds had tapped Long for a state judgeship.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Republican J.B. Van Hollen, who was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 2002 to 2006, was reelected as his state’s attorney general with 58 percent of the vote. His opponent, Democrat Scott Hassett, the former state Department of Natural Resources Secretary, received 42 percent of the vote.
Van Hollen won his first election for attorney general in 2006, after stepping down as U.S. Attorney.
Although the Associated Press and Denver Post have not yet called the race for Attorney General in Colorado, Republican John Suthers appears poised to win reelection.
With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Suthers, who was Colorado U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2005, secured roughly 57 percent of the vote. His challenger, Democrat Stan Garnett, the district attorney in Boulder County, received 43 percent of ballots cast.
Suthers first became Colorado Attorney General after Gov. Bill Owens (R) appointed him to the post in 2005 to fill out the remainder of former Attorney General Ken Salazar’s term. Salazar was elected to the Senate in 2004. Suthers was first elected to a full term as the state’s Attorney General in 2006.
In the Florida race, Gelber, who was a Southern District of Florida Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1986 to 1994, received 41 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting. His opponent, Republican Pam Bondi, a former state prosecutor, won 55 percent of the vote.
Former U.S. Attorney Lenny Rapadas of Guam also won his territory’s Attorney General election. He led the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands from 2003 until earlier this year.