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Voters decide state executive and legislative races in five states

Four states held statewide primaries on August 11, 2020: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Georgia also held a primary runoff on the same date. Georgia’s primary election took place on June 9, 2020. When no candidate earned a majority of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters advanced to the runoff.

There were 706 state executive and legislative seats up for election. These included six state executive seats, 155 state Senate seats, and 545 state House seats.

Candidates competed to advance to the general election on November 3, 2020.

The following information was current as of August 13. At that time, some races were still too close to call. Across the five states, 605 incumbents filed for re-election to the 706 seats. Preliminary results indicate at least four incumbents were defeated.

Five state executive incumbents filed for re-election. Of those five incumbents, none were defeated.

In the state Senate elections, 134 incumbents filed for re-election to 155 seats. At least one did not advance to the general election. Meanwhile, in the state House elections, 466 incumbents competed for re-election to 545 seats. Three lost their bids, but this number may grow as results are finalized.

These primaries were the 39th through the 42nd to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next primaries will be held on August 18 in Alaska, Florida, and Wyoming.

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Four states to hold state executive and legislative primaries on August 11

The statewide primary election for Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin is on August 11, 2020. A total of 689 seats are up for election, including six state executive seats and 683 state legislative seats. Candidates are running in elections for the following offices:

Connecticut
• State Senate (all 36 seats)

• State House (all 151 seats)

Minnesota
• State Senate (all 67 seats)

• State House (all 134 seats)

Vermont
• Governor
• Lieutenant Governor
• Secretary of State
• Auditor
• Attorney General
• Treasurer
• State Senate (all 30 seats)

• State House (all 150 seats)

Wisconsin
• State Senate (16 out of 33 seats)

• State Assembly (all 99 seats)

Candidates are competing to advance to the general election scheduled for November 3, 2020.

These primaries are the 39th through the 42nd primaries to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide primary will be held on August 18 in Alaska, Florida, and Wyoming.

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Five states hold state executive and legislative primaries August 4

Five states held statewide primaries on August 4, 2020: Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington. There were 690 state executive and legislative seats up for election. These included 22 state executive seats, 112 state senate seats, and 556 state house seats.

Candidates competed to advance to the general election on November 3, 2020.

The following information was current as of August 6. At that time, some races were still too close to call, and results from Washington were not yet final because the election was held largely by mail.

Across the five states, 549 incumbents filed for re-election to the 690 seats. Preliminary results indicate at least 16 incumbents were defeated.

Eighteen state executive incumbents filed for re-election. Of those 18 incumbents, 15 advanced to the general election. The results for three of the seats were not yet known.

In the state senate elections, 90 incumbents filed for re-election to 112 seats. At least seven did not advance to the general election. In the state house elections, 441 incumbents competed for re-election to 556 seats. Nine were defeated, but that number may grow as results are finalized.

Washington state holds top-two primaries in which all candidates appear on the primary ballot, regardless of party affiliation. The top two vote-getters advance to the general election.

These primaries were the 32nd through the 36th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next primary was held on August 6 in Tennessee.

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Filing deadline approaches in special election for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District

Candidates interested in running in the special election for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District have until July 31 to file. The special general election is scheduled for September 29, 2020.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the general election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a general runoff election. The runoff (if needed) is scheduled for December 1, 2020.

The special election was called after John Lewis (D) passed away on July 17, 2020. John Lewis served in the seat from 1987 until his death.

The seat is also up in a regular election scheduled for November 3, 2020. The Georgia Democratic Party nominated state Senator Nikema Williams to replace Lewis on the general election ballot. Williams will face Angela Stanton King (R) on November 3.

Georgia’s delegation to the U.S. House includes four Democrats, nine Republicans, and one vacancy.

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Filing deadline passes to run for school boards in Louisiana

The filing deadline to run for the Orleans Parish and Caddo Parish school boards is on July 24, 2020. In Orleans Parish, all seven seats on the board are up for election. Meanwhile, Caddo Parish is holding a special election for the District 8 seat, which became vacant when Denee Locke (R) moved out of the district.
In Orleans Parish, the primary is scheduled for November 3, 2020, and the general election is scheduled for December 5. In Caddo Parish, the special general election is scheduled for November 3.
These two districts served a total of 55,257 students during the 2016-2017 school year.
In 2020, Louisiana is also holding elections for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Public Service Commissioner, state Supreme Court, and Circuit Courts of Appeal. The statewide filing deadline is also on July 24.


Voters decide state legislative primaries in Maine, runoffs in Texas

The statewide primary for Maine and the primary runoff for Texas took place on July 14, 2020. Candidates competed to advance to the general election scheduled for November 3.

Texas’s statewide primary was held on March 3, 2020. If no candidate received a majority of the votes in the primary, the top two vote-getters advanced to the primary runoff.

On July 14, candidates ran in elections for the following state legislative offices:

Maine House of Representatives (151 seats)

• Sixteen races remained uncalled as of July 15, 2020. Each incumbent who filed to run advanced to the general election in the races that had been called.

Maine State Senate (35 seats)

• Seven races remained uncalled as of July 15, 2020. Each incumbent who filed to run advanced to the general election in the races that had been called.

Texas House of Representatives (14 seats)
• Bryan Slaton defeated incumbent Dan Flynn in the District 2 Republican primary runoff.
• Shelby Slawson defeated incumbent J.D. Sheffield in the District 59 Republican primary runoff.

• Five races remained uncalled as of July 15, 2020.

Texas State Senate (2 seats)
• Roland Gutierrez defeated Xochil Pena Rodriguez in the District 19 Democratic primary runoff.

• Incumbent Eddie Lucio defeated Sara Stapleton-Barrera in the District 27 Democratic primary runoff.

Texas State Senate District 14 special general election (1 seat)

• The race was too close to call as of July 15, 2020.

For state legislative primaries, Maine uses a ranked-choice voting system in which voters rank candidates by preference on their ballots. If a candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, he or she is declared the winner. If no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated. First-preference votes cast for the losing candidate are eliminated, lifting the second-preference choices indicated on those ballots. A new tally is conducted to determine whether any candidate has won a majority of the adjusted votes. The process is repeated until a candidate wins an outright majority.

Maine’s primary was the 31st to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next primary is on August 4 in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington, and Tennessee.

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Filing deadline approaches for three school boards in Michigan

The filing deadline to run for school board in the Detroit, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor school districts in Michigan is on July 21, 2020. In each district, three out of seven seats on the school board are up for election.

The general election in each district is scheduled for November 3, 2020. No primaries are scheduled for these races.

During the 2017-2018 school year, these three districts served a total of 88,080 students.

Michigan’s statewide filing deadline passed on April 21 for state legislative offices and on May 8 for congressional and state executive offices.

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New Jersey to hold primary election on July 7

The statewide primary election for New Jersey is on July 7, 2020. The filing deadline to run passed on March 30, 2020. Candidates are running in elections for the following offices:

• U.S. Senate (1 seat)
• U.S. House (12 seats)
• State Senate District 25 (special election)
• State House District 25 (special election)

Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following areas:
• Essex County
• Hudson County

New Jersey’s primary election was postponed from June 2 to July 7 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Candidates are competing to advance to the general election scheduled for November 3, 2020.

New Jersey’s primary is the 30th to take place in the 2020 election. The next primary is on July 14 in Maine.

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https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_Senate_election_in_New_Jersey,_2020
https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections_in_New_Jersey,_2020
https://ballotpedia.org/New_Jersey_state_legislative_special_elections,_2020
https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_municipal_elections,_2020#New_Jersey



Filing deadline passes for state legislative candidates in Rhode Island

On June 24, 2020, the filing deadline passed to run for state legislative offices in Rhode Island. Candidates filed for the following offices:
• Rhode Island House of Representatives (75 seats)
• Rhode Island State Senate (38 seats)

The primary is scheduled for September 8, and the general election is scheduled for November 3.

Rhode Island’s statewide filing deadline was the 48th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on July 14 in Delaware.

Entering the 2020 election, the Rhode Island State Senate has 33 Democrats and five Republicans. All 38 seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 20 seats.

Meanwhile, the Rhode Island House of Representatives has 66 Democrats and nine Republicans. All 75 seats are up for election, and a majority requires 38 seats.

Rhode Island has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

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Candidate filing period ends for state executive and legislative offices in three states

The filing deadline has passed to run for state executive and legislative offices in Connecticut, Florida, and New Hampshire. The deadline passed for Connecticut on June 11. For Florida and New Hampshire, it passed on June 12.

Candidates filed for the following state executive and legislative offices:
  • Connecticut: State Senate (36 seats) and State House (151 seats)
  • Florida: State Senate (20 seats) and State House (120 seats)
  • New Hampshire: Governor, Executive Council (5 seats), State Senate (24 seats), and State House (400 seats)

The general election in each state is scheduled for November 3, 2020. The primary in Connecticut is scheduled for August 11, in Florida for August 18, and in New Hampshire for September 8.

Connecticut and New Hampshire’s statewide filing deadlines were the 46th and 47th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. Florida’s filing deadline for congressional and certain judicial offices passed on April 24, which was the 36th statewide filing deadline of 2020. The next statewide filing deadline is on June 24 in Rhode Island.

Connecticut and Florida have Democratic and Republican state government trifectas, respectively. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. New Hampshire has a divided government in which no party holds a trifecta.

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