85 candidates filed for congressional and statewide offices last week

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Eighty-five people declared candidacies for congressional or statewide offices in the past week, 41 more than last week. All of these candidates declared before their state’s official filing deadline.

Twenty-four of those candidates were Democratic, while 55 were Republican. Six are minor-party candidates or running in nonpartisan races.

Fifty-one candidates are running for Congress, 29 for state legislatures, one for governorship, three for a lower state executive office, and one for a state intermediate appellate court.

Since the beginning of the year, Ballotpedia has identified 148 declared candidates for federal and statewide offices. At this time in 2021, Ballotpedia had identified 71 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.