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Two Alabama state legislative special elections on the ballot Nov. 17

Special elections for two seats in the Alabama State Legislature are on the ballot on November 17, 2020.

In District 26 of the state Senate, six candidates are competing in a special Democratic primary to advance to the special general election on March 2, 2021. The Republican nominee, William Green, was the only candidate to file for that party and automatically advanced. The filing deadline to run passed on September 15 for major-party candidates and will pass on November 17 for minor-party and independent candidates. The special election was called after David Burkette (D) resigned on September 1, 2020. Burkette served from 2018 to 2020.

In District 49 of the state House, Cheryl Patton (D) and Russell Bedsole (R) are competing in a special general election. The filing deadline to run passed on June 2 for major-party candidates and August 4 for minor-party and independent candidates. Patton ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Bedsole was nominated after defeating Mimi Penhale in a Republican primary runoff on September 1. The special election was called after April Weaver (R) resigned on May 12, 2020. Weaver served from 2010 to 2020.

As of November 2020, 59 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in 27 states and two state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in one state. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

Alabama 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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Alabama State Senate District 26 special election set for March 2, 2021

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 26 seat in the Alabama State Senate on March 2, 2021. The primary is on November 17, the primary runoff is on December 15 if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, the filing deadline for major-party candidates is on September 15, and the filing deadline for independent and minor-party candidates is on November 17.



Special Democratic primary for Georgia State Senate District 39 set for November 3

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 39 seat in the Georgia State Senate. Only Democratic Party candidates may file because no Republican filed for the seat in the 2020 regular election. The incumbent, Nikema Williams (D), withdrew from the regular election after receiving her party’s nomination in the primary. The special Democratic primary is on November 3, 2020, and the primary runoff is scheduled for December 1 if no candidate wins a majority of the primary vote. The filing deadline is on September 4.



Alabama House of Representatives District 33 special election

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 33 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives on January 19, 2021. The primary is on October 6, the primary runoff if no candidate receives a majority of the vote is on November 3, and the filing deadline is on August 4.



Filing deadline passes for congressional candidates in Connecticut, New Hampshire

On June 11 and June 12, the major-party filing deadline passed to run for U.S. Congress in Connecticut and New Hampshire, respectively. The Connecticut filing deadline had previously been June 9, but it was moved to June 11 by Governor Ned Lamont’s (D) executive order in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Connecticut, neither U.S. Senate seat is up for election this year. The incumbents for the state’s five U.S. House seats—John Larson (D) in District 1, Joe Courtney (D) in District 2, Rosa DeLauro (D) in District 3, James Himes (D) in District 4, and Jahana Hayes (D) in District 5—are all running for re-election. The primary for candidates who aren’t nominated via party convention is on August 11.

In New Hampshire, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) is running for re-election to her seat. The incumbents for the state’s two U.S. House seats—Chris Pappas (D) in District 1 and Annie Kuster (D) in District 2—are both running for re-election, as well. The state’s primary is on September 8.

Connecticut and New Hampshire’s statewide filing deadlines were the 46th and 47th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on June 24 in Rhode Island, and the final two statewide filing deadlines are in Delaware and Louisiana in July.

The national general election is on November 3, 2020. Entering the 2020 election, the U.S. Senate has 45 Democrats, 53 Republicans, and two independents who caucus with the Democratic Party. Thirty-five out of the 100 U.S. Senate seats are up for election, including two seats up for special election. A majority in the chamber requires 51 seats. The U.S. House of Representatives has 233 Democrats, 197 Republicans, one Libertarian, and four vacancies. All 435 U.S. House seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 218 seats.

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