State attorneys general, perennial losers when they ran for governor in the 1980s and 1990s, have been on a winning streak in recent years and may end up holding the top office in more states than ever after this week’s elections.

There are currently six governors who have been attorneys general in their careers. Another four — Democrat Eliot Spitzer of New York, Republican Charlie Crist of Florida, Democrat Mike Hatch of Minnesota and Democrat Mike Beebe of Arkansas — are running for governor in their respective states.

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