42 people declared candidacies for federal or statewide offices in the past week, five more than last week. All of these candidates declared before their state’s official filing deadline.
Twenty-four of those candidates were Democratic, while 18 were Republican.
Thirty candidates are running for Congress, four for governorship, and eight for a lower state executive office.
Since the beginning of the year, Ballotpedia has identified 654 declared candidates for federal and statewide offices.
An official candidate is someone who registers with a federal or state campaign finance agency before the candidate filing deadline or appears on candidate lists released by government election agencies. A declared candidate is someone who has not completed the steps to become an official candidate but who might have done one or more of the following:
- Appeared in candidate forums or debates
- Published a campaign website
- Published campaign social media pages
- Advertised online, on television, or through print
- Issued press releases
- Interviewed with media publications
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