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New Jersey, Texas schedule upcoming state legislative special elections

Two new state legislative special elections have been added to our list. The special elections are for the District 25 seat in the New Jersey State Senate and the District 25 seat in the New Jersey General Assembly on November 3, 2020. The primary is on June 2, and the filing deadline is on March 30.

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 14 seat in the Texas State Senate on July 14, 2020. There is no primary, and the filing deadline is on May 13.



Congressional primaries in Mississippi on Tuesday

One of Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seats and all four of the state’s U.S. House seats are up for election this year, and the congressional primary is scheduled for March 10, 2020. All five races include the incumbent running for re-election, and four of the races feature a contested primary between one or both major parties. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in a given race, a primary runoff will be held between the top two vote recipients on March 31. The general election is on November 3, 2020.

• Three Democrats—Tobey Bartee, Jensen Bohren, and Mike Espy—are competing for the party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate race. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is running unopposed for re-election in the Republican primary. Hyde-Smith was first elected to the seat in a special election in November 2018, although she was appointed to the seat in April of the same year. The special election was required after the former officeholder, Thad Cochran (R), resigned. Hyde-Smith defeated Espy in the 2018 special election runoff to win the seat.
• In District 1, only one candidate filed in each major-party primary. Antonia Eliason is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Rep. Trent Kelly is running unopposed for re-election in the Republican primary. Kelly was first elected to the seat in a special election in June 2015. The special election was required after the former officeholder, Alan Nunnelee (R), died. Kelly was re-elected in 2016 and 2018.
• In District 2, Rep. Bennie Thompson is facing challenger Sonia Rathburn in the Democratic primary. Thompson was first elected to the seat in a special election in April 1993. The special election was required after the former officeholder, Mike Espy (D), was appointed by President Bill Clinton (D) to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. This is the same Mike Espy who is running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate this year. Thompson was re-elected every two years from 1994 through 2018. Three Republicans—Thomas Carey, Brian Flowers, and B.C. Hammond—are competing for the party’s nomination in the District 2 race.
• In District 3, Dorothy Benford and Katelyn Lee are competing in the Democratic primary. Rep. Michael Guest is facing challenger James Tulp in the Republican primary. Guest was first elected to the seat in a regular election in November 2018. It was an open-seat election to succeed incumbent Gregg Harper (R), who did not file for re-election.
• In District 4, no Democratic candidates filed to run. Rep. Steven Palazzo is facing three challengers—Carl Boyanton, Robert Deming, and Samuel Hickman—in the Republican primary. Palazzo was first elected to the seat in a regular election in November 2010. He defeated the incumbent, Gene Taylor (D), and two other candidates to win the seat. Palazzo was re-elected every two years from 2012 through 2018.
Entering the 2020 election, the U.S. Senate has 45 Democrats, 53 Republicans, and two independents who caucus with Democrats. Only 35 out of 100 Senate seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 51 seats. Both of Mississippi’s sitting U.S. Senators are Republicans. The U.S. House has 232 Democrats, 197 Republicans, one independent, and five vacancies. All 435 seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 218 seats.

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Congressional filing deadline to pass in Maryland

The major-party filing deadline to run for elected office in Maryland is on January 24, 2020. In Maryland, prospective candidates may file for the following congressional offices:

  • All eight U.S. House seats
  • Neither U.S. Senate seat is up for election in 2020

The primary is scheduled for April 28, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

An additional special election is scheduled for one of the seats, Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, due to the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) on October 17, 2019. The filing deadline for the special election passed on November 20, 2019, the primary is on February 4, and the general election is on April 28. The winner of the special election will complete the remainder of Cummings’ term, which concludes in January 2021.

Maryland’s statewide filing deadline is the 10th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on January 25 in West Virginia.

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Mississippi congressional filing deadline is January 10

The statewide filing deadline to run for U.S. Congress in Mississippi is on January 10, 2020. In Mississippi, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:

• U.S. Senate (the incumbent, Cindy Hyde-Smith (R), has announced that she is filing for re-election)
• U.S. House (four seats)

The primary is scheduled for March 10, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, a primary runoff will be held on March 31.

Mississippi’s statewide filing deadline is on the same date as Kentucky; these are the eighth and ninth deadlines to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on January 24 in Maryland.

Mississippi has a Republican trifecta. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers.

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Additional reading:
United States Senate election in Mississippi, 2020
United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2020
Elections calendar
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates



Kentucky, New Hampshire House of Representatives special elections

Two new state legislative special elections have been added to our list. The special elections are for the District 67 and 99 seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives on February 25, 2020. There are no primaries, and the deadline for parties to nominate candidates is January 7.

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the Merrimack 24 seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on March 10, 2020. The primary is on January 21, and the filing deadline is on December 27, 2019.



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