48 candidates filed for federal and statewide offices last week

Forty-eight people declared candidacies for federal or statewide offices in the past week, one more than last week. All of these candidates declared before their state’s official filing deadline.

Twenty-one of those candidates were Democrats, while 25 were Republicans. One is a minor-party candidate, and one candidate is running in a nonpartisan race.

Thirty-three of these candidates are running for Congress, 12 for state legislatures, one for state supreme court, and two for attorney general. 

Since the beginning of the year, Ballotpedia has identified 2,059 declared candidates for federal and statewide offices. At this time in 2021, Ballotpedia had identified 2,289 declared candidates for 2022, 2023, and 2024 races.

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.