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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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State legislative special elections scheduled in Louisiana, Washington

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 54 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives on July 11, 2020. There is no primary, and the filing deadline was on May 22.

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 38 seat in the Washington State Senate on November 3, 2020. The primary is on August 4, and the filing deadline was on May 15.



Alabama House of Representatives District 49 special election scheduled for November 17

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 49 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives on November 17, 2020. The primary is on August 4, the primary runoff will be on September 1 if needed, and the filing deadline is on June 2 for major-party candidates and August 4 for other candidates.



How many of this year’s state executive races lack either a Democratic or Republican candidate?

Across the 21 states that have held all of their filing deadlines for state executive positions, such as governor and public service commissioner, 16 state executive elections lack either a Democratic or Republican candidate as of April 29, 2020.

  • Four states—Alabama, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah—have state executive races without a Democratic candidate. The races are for one state board of education seat in Alabama, one public education commission seat in New Mexico, corporation commissioner in Oklahoma, and eight positions in Utah. Those Utah positions include state treasurer, state auditor, and six state board of education seats.
  • Three states—Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah—have state executive races without a Republican candidate. The races are for one state board of regents seat in Colorado, three public education commission seats in New Mexico, and one state board of education seat in Utah.

There are 165 state executive offices up for election in 28 states in 2020.

In 2019, there were 36 state executive offices up for election across three states. Eight of those elections did not have a Democratic candidate, and three did not have a Republican candidate.

Ballotpedia will update this data on a weekly basis until all of the state executive filing deadlines have passed. In 2020, the last major-party filing deadline for a state executive office is for the Ohio State Board of Education on August 5.

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