2018 New York Attorney General election

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New York Attorney General election, 2018

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Nominee Letitia James Keith Wofford
Party Democratic Republican
Alliance
Popular vote 3,739,239 2,108,600
Percentage 62.4% 35.2%

NY Attorney General election, 2018.svg
Results by county

James:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Wofford:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Attorney General before election

Barbara Underwood
Democratic

Elected Attorney General

Letitia James
Democratic

The 2018 New York Attorney General election took place on November 6, 2018. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, a Democrat, was elected. James is the first woman and the first African-American to be elected New York Attorney General.

Former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned on May 8, 2018 after allegations of domestic abuse and withdrew from his then-ongoing reelection campaign. Incumbent Attorney General Barbara Underwood was chosen by the Legislature to complete his unexpired term, but opted not to seek election to a full term.

On September 13, 2018, James won the Democratic nomination for Attorney General, defeating Leecia Eve, former senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton; Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Representative for New York's 18th congressional district; and Zephyr Teachout, professor at Fordham University School of Law. In the general election, James defeated Republican Party candidate Keith Wofford with over 60% of the vote.

Background[edit]

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, was first elected to the office of Attorney General in 2010, winning reelection in 2014. He was in the midst of campaigning for a third term in office when on May 7, 2018, The New Yorker revealed allegations that he had physically abused several women he had dated during his tenure in office.[1] Schneiderman resigned hours after the story was released, with the resignation taking effect at the end of the business day May 8; he did not seek re-election.[2][3][4]

Barbara Underwood, the Solicitor General, took on the duties of Attorney General upon Schneiderman's resignation. A joint session of the New York State Legislature formally appointed Underwood to fill the rest of Schneiderman's term on May 22, after interviewing several potential candidates; of the 209 members in the State Legislature, 190 votes were cast in favor, with one (Charles Barron) voting against her in protest of the process, and 18 abstaining.[5] Underwood has confirmed that she will not run for the office in the 2018 elections[6] and returned to her previous position as Solicitor General following the election.[7]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Filed[edit]

The following candidates were certified by the State Board of Elections as having filed for the primary ballot (James by state convention nomination and the others by submitting sufficient signatures):[8]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Letitia James
Organizations
Local and state politicians
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Sean Patrick Maloney
U.S. Representatives
Organizations
Zephyr Teachout
Organizations
Individuals
Local and state politicians
Media
U.S. Representatives
U.S. Senators
U.S. Cabinet

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Leecia
Eve
Letitia
James
Sean Patrick
Maloney
Zephyr
Teachout
Other Undecided
Change Research (D) September 11–12, 2018 844 ± 3.5% 3% 27% 26% 28% 16%
Siena College September 4–7, 2018 509 ± 4.3% 3% 24% 25% 18% 1% 30%
Siena College July 22–26, 2018 630 ± 3.9% 4% 25% 16% 13% 42%
Quinnipiac University July 12–16, 2018 415 ± 6.2% 3% 26% 15% 12% 44%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Letitia James 579,382 40.6
Democratic Zephyr Teachout 442,733 31.0
Democratic Sean Patrick Maloney 357,665 25.0
Democratic Leecia Eve 48,638 3.4
Total votes 1,428,418 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

  • Keith Wofford, co-managing partner of Ropes & Gray's New York City office[42] (designated party nominee)[43]

Wofford grew up in Buffalo, New York and attended Harvard College on scholarship.[44]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Manny Alicandro, corporate attorney from Manhattan[45] (ended Attorney General campaign in May 2018 to run for Comptroller)[43]
  • Joe Holland, former Commissioner of the New York Department of Housing and Community Renewal (defeated for Republican nomination; endorsed Republican nominee Keith Wofford)[43]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Keith Wofford
U.S. Representatives
Local and state politicians
Organizations
Newspapers

Qualified third parties[edit]

Conservative[edit]

Conservative Party of New York State chairman Michael R. Long indicated the party would cross-endorse the Republican nominee for Attorney General.[42]

  • Nominee: Keith Wofford

Working Families[edit]

Nominee: Letitia James.[56] The party endorsed both Letitia James and Zephyr Teachout prior to the September 13 primary election.[57] Kenneth Schaefer, who was nominated as the Working Families Party's dummy candidate,[58] withdrew by October 9 in favor of Democratic nominee Letitia James.[59]

Independence Party[edit]

Nominee: Letitia James.[59] Victor J. Messina, Jr., the original nominee,[60][61] withdrew by October 9 as well.[59]

Green Party[edit]

Nominee: Michael Sussman

Reform[edit]

On May 20, 2018, the Reform Party of New York State authorized four candidates to run for Attorney General in its September 13, 2018 primary:

  • Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney (declined)[62]
  • Michael Diederich, Jr.
  • Christopher B. Garvey, Libertarian Party nominee and perennial candidate
  • Nancy Regula, animal rights activist and wife of party chairman Curtis Sliwa[63]

Results[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Nancy Sliwa 13,643 53.3
Reform Michael Diederich, Jr. 6,005 23.5
Reform Christopher B. Garvey 5,949 23.2
Total votes 25,597 100.0

Other third parties[edit]

Libertarian[edit]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Letitia
James (D)
Keith
Wofford (R)
Other Undecided
Siena College October 28 – November 1, 2018 641 ± 3.9% 49% 37% 0% 14%
McLaughlin & Associates (R-Wofford) September 27–30, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 44% 33% 4% 20%
Siena College September 20–27, 2018 701 ± 3.9% 50% 36% 1%[65] 14%

Results[edit]

Letitia James (D) went on to easily win the election, with nearly 60% of the vote versus Wofford’s (R) 34%.[66] James is the first woman and the first African-American to be elected New York Attorney General.[67]

New York Attorney General election, 2018[68]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Letitia James 3,497,213 58.38% +12.89%
Working Families Letitia James 152,350 2.54% -1.79%
Independence Letitia James 89,676 1.50% -1.33%
Total Letitia James 3,739,239 62.42% +9.77%
Republican Keith Wofford 1,851,510 30.91% -1.68%
Conservative Keith Wofford 257,090 4.29% -2.31%
Total Keith Wofford 2,108,600 35.20% -4.24%
Green Michael Sussman 72,512 1.21% -0.85%
Libertarian Christopher Garvey 43,767 0.73% +0.10%
Reform Nancy Sliwa 26,441 0.44% N/A
Total votes 5,990,559 100.0% N/A
Democratic hold

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites