Voters decide state executive and legislative races in five states

Four states held statewide primaries on August 11, 2020: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Georgia also held a primary runoff on the same date. Georgia’s primary election took place on June 9, 2020. When no candidate earned a majority of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters advanced to the runoff.

There were 706 state executive and legislative seats up for election. These included six state executive seats, 155 state Senate seats, and 545 state House seats.

Candidates competed to advance to the general election on November 3, 2020.

The following information was current as of August 13. At that time, some races were still too close to call. Across the five states, 605 incumbents filed for re-election to the 706 seats. Preliminary results indicate at least four incumbents were defeated.

Five state executive incumbents filed for re-election. Of those five incumbents, none were defeated.

In the state Senate elections, 134 incumbents filed for re-election to 155 seats. At least one did not advance to the general election. Meanwhile, in the state House elections, 466 incumbents competed for re-election to 545 seats. Three lost their bids, but this number may grow as results are finalized.

These primaries were the 39th through the 42nd to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next primaries will be held on August 18 in Alaska, Florida, and Wyoming.

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Megan Feeney

Megan Feeney is a staff writer at Ballotpedia. Contact us at editor@ballotpedia.org.

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