1,548 major party candidates filed with FEC for 2020 Congressional races; no new Congressional retirements last week

No members of the U.S. Senate or U.S. House announced 2020 retirements in the past week. To date, four Senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) and 19 Representatives (15 Republicans and four Democrats) are not running for re-election.
 
As of September 16, 2019, 240 candidates are filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to run for U.S. Senate in 2020. Of those, 215—112 Democrats and 103 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 527 candidates filed with the FEC to run for U.S. Senate, including 137 Democrats and 240 Republicans.
 
1,420 candidates are filed with the FEC to run for U.S. House in 2020. Of those, 1,333—699 Democrats and 634 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 3,244 candidates filed with the FEC, including 1,566 Democrats and 1,155 Republicans.
 
On November 3, 2012, 35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats are up for election. Thirty-three Senate races are regularly-scheduled elections, one is a special election in Arizona, and another is an expected special election in Georgia. Twelve are Democratic-held seats and 23 are Republican-held seats. In the House, where all the seats are up for election, Democrats currently hold a 235-seat majority.
 
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