42 candidates filed for federal and statewide offices last week

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

For more on Ballotpedia’s definition of candidacy, click here.