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Jan. 7 marks the filing deadline for three Michigan House seats

Candidates interested in running in the special elections for Michigan House of Representatives Districts 36, 43, and 74 have until Jan. 7 to file. The primary election is scheduled for March 1, and the general election is scheduled for May 3. 

The special election for District 36 was called after Douglas Wozniak (R) was elected to District 8 of the Michigan State Senate. District 43 became vacant after the death of Andrea Schroeder (R), and District 74 became vacant after Mark Huizenga (R) was elected to District 28 of the Michigan State Senate.

Michigan held two state legislative special elections in 2021. The special elections for Senate Districts 8 and 28 were held on Nov. 2.

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86% of incumbents were successful in their Nov. bid for re-election

In the 2021 general election, an average of 85.54% of incumbents nationwide won their re-election bids. The number drops to 82.35% when including incumbents that withdrew or were disqualified.

In 2020, 93% of incumbents won their elections. In 2019, that number was 90%, and it was 92% in 2018. 

Minnesota incumbents were the least successful in 2021 with a win rate of 55%, followed by Kansas (59%) and Colorado (67%).

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Special primary for Arkansas State Senate District 7 to be held on Dec. 14

The special primary for Arkansas State Senate District 7 is on Dec. 14. Lisa Parks and Derek Van Voast are competing in the Democratic primary, and Jim Bob Duggar, Colby Fulfer, Edge Nowlin, and Steven Unger are competing in the Republican primary to advance to the special general election scheduled for Feb. 8. The candidate filing deadline passed on Nov. 22.

The special election was called after Lance Eads (R) left office to assume another position on Oct. 28. Eads served from 2017 to 2021. Eads also served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2015 to 2017.

Arkansas held 12 state legislative special elections between 2010 and 2020. The year with the most special elections during that time period was 2018. There were five state legislative special elections called that year. 

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Jacksonville City Council special election to be held on Dec. 7

The special general election for Jacksonville City Council At-large Position 3 in Florida is on Dec. 7. Four candidates are competing in the general election: James Jacobs (D), Tracye Polson (D), Nick Howland (R), and Howland Russell (R). 

If necessary, a runoff election is scheduled for Feb. 22. The filing deadline to run passed on Oct. 1.

The special election was called after Tommy Hazouri (D) died on Sept. 11. Hazouri served from 2015 to 2021. 

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Candidates set for Arkansas state senate special primaries

Candidates interested in running in the special election for Arkansas State Senate District 7 had until Nov. 22 to file. The primaries are scheduled for Dec. 14, and the general election is set for Feb. 8. 

Lisa Parks and Derek Van Voast will compete in the Democratic primary. The Republican primary includes Jim Bob Duggar, Colby Fulfer, Edge Nowlin, and Steven Unger. 

The special election was called after Lance Eads (R) left office to assume another position on Oct. 28. Eads served from 2017 to 2021. Eads also served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2015 to 2017.

The District 7 special election was the first special legislative election called for 2022 in Arkansas. 

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Arkansas special election filing deadline passes Nov. 22

The filing deadline for the Arkansas State Senate District 7 special election is on Nov. 22. The primary is scheduled for Dec. 14, and the general election is scheduled for Feb. 8.

The seat became vacant on Oct. 28 after Lance Eads (R) resigned to accept a position with Capitol Consulting Firm. Eads held the office from 2017 to 2021. Prior to becoming a member of the Arkansas Senate, Eads represented District 88 in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2015 to 2017.

The Feb. 8 election will mark the first state legislative special election scheduled in Arkansas for 2022. 

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Democrats and Republicans deciding on candidates for Connecticut House 116 vacancy

A special election has been called for the Connecticut House of Representatives District 116 for Dec. 14. Prospective candidates will be nominated by their respective parties. 

Michael DiMassa (D) resigned from the state House on Oct. 25 following his arrest on Oct. 18. DiMassa first assumed office in 2016 after defeating incumbent Louis Esposito in the Democratic primary and Richard DePalma (R) in the general election. 

The Dec. 14 election will mark the fifth state legislative special election in Connecticut this year. Connecticut held 40 state legislative special elections between 2010 and 2020, which was the seventh-most in the country. 

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Welby wins Pennsylvania House 113 in Nov. 2 special election

A special general was held for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 113 on Nov. 2. Thom Welby (D) won the special election with 9,191 votes, defeating Dominick Manetti (R) and Bonnie Flaherty (L). 

The candidate filing deadline passed on Sept. 13.

The special election was called after Martin Flynn (D) won a special election for state Senate District 22 on May 18. Flynn represented District 113 from 2012 to 2021. 

As of Nov. 5, Pennsylvania has held six state legislative special elections in 2021. Special elections for Senate Districts 22 and 48 and House Districts 59 and 60 were held on May 18. A special election was also held for House District 164 on Nov. 2. Pennsylvania held five state legislative special elections in 2020. 

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Election Day 2021: A preview of Maine races to watch

The state of Maine is holding general elections on Nov. 2. Candidates are running for the following offices: 

  • House District 86 (special election)
  • Augusta Mayor
  • Augusta City Council At-large
  • Augusta City Council Ward 2

The House District 86 election is the second state legislative special election to be held in Maine this year. The seat became vacant on July 4 when Justin Fecteau (R) resigned due to moving out of the district. 

The Augusta mayoral election does not include incumbent, David Rollins. Rollins, who has been mayor since 2014, is not seeking re-election. Marci Alexander and Mark O’Brien will compete in the nonpartisan race. 

In addition to the aforementioned seats up for election, there are also three statewide ballot measures and one local measure on the Nov. 2 ballot. 

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Nelson (R) and Eisner (D) advance to New Hampshire Rockingham 6 special general election

A special primary was held on Oct. 19 for the Rockingham 6 District seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Jodi Nelson (R) and Mary Eisner (D) advanced to the general election. Nelson defeated Neil Wetherbee and Thomas Cardon in the Republican primary. Eisner was unopposed in the Democratic primary. 

The general election is scheduled for Dec. 7. The candidate filing deadline passed on Aug. 27.

The special election was called after Anne Copp (R) left office due to moving out of the district on Aug. 5. Copp served from December 2020 to August 2021. She had previously served in the Merrimack 1 District from 2016 to 2018.

As of Oct. 19, five state legislative special elections have been scheduled in New Hampshire in 2021. Special elections were held for the Hillsborough 21 District on April 13, the Merrimack 23 District on June 8, and the Hillsborough 7 District on Sept. 7. A special election is scheduled for the Cheshire 9 District on Oct. 26. 

New Hampshire held 29 special elections between 2010 and 2020. The most held in one year during that period was 10 in 2017. 

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