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Pat Ryan and Joe Sempolinsk win New York congressional special elections

Two special general elections were held for New York’s 19th and 23rd Congressional Districts on August 23, 2022. Pat Ryan (D) won the District 19 special election with 65,943 votes and defeated Marcus Molinaro (R). The special election was called after Antonio Delgado (D) left office to serve as the lieutenant governor of New York on May 25. Delgado served from 2019 to 2022.

Joe Sempolinski (R) won the District 23 special election with 38,749 votes and defeated Max Della Pia (D). The special election was called after Tom Reed (R) left office on May 10, after previously stating that he would not run for re-election. Reed served in Congress from 2010 to 2022. 

The filing deadline for both special elections passed on June 14. As of August 2022, 12 special elections have been held for the 117th Congress in 2021 and 2022. The U.S. House has 220 Democrats, 211 Republicans, and 4 vacancies. New York’s congressional delegation has 18 Democrats, 7 Republicans, and 2 vacancies. All 435 U.S. congressional seats are up for election on November 8. A majority in the chamber requires 218 seats. 

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Nikki Lucas and Manny De Los Santos win New York State Assembly special elections

Two special general elections were held for New York State Assembly Districts 60 and 72 on Feb. 15.

Nikki Lucas (D) won the District 60 special election with 2,074 votes, defeating Keron Alleyne (Working Families Party) and Marvin King (R, Conservative Party). The District 60 special election was called after Charles Barron (D) was sworn in as a New York City council member on Jan. 1. Barron served in the state Assembly from 2015 to 2021.

Manny De Los Santos (D) won the District 72 special election with 1,425 votes, defeating Edwin De La Cruz (R) and Nayma Silver-Matos (Uptown Rises). The District 72 special election was called after Carmen N. De La Rosa (D) was sworn in as a New York City council member on Jan. 1. De La Rosa served in the state Assembly from 2017 to 2021.

The filing deadline for both special elections passed on Jan. 18. Lucas and De Los Santos were sworn in on Feb 17. 

As of February, 39 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2022 in 19 states. Between 2011 and 2021, an average of 74 special elections took place each year. New York held 48 special elections from 2010 to 2021, the third-most of any state.

Entering the special election, the New York State Assembly had 105 Democrats, 43 Republicans, one independent, and one vacancy. A majority in the chamber requires 76 seats. New York has a Democratic 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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Colby Fulfer wins Arkansas State Senate special election

A special general election was held for Arkansas State Senate District 7 on Feb. 8. Colby Fulfer (R) won the special election with 2,032 votes and defeated Lisa Parks (D), who received 1,998 votes. The Republican primary runoff was held on Jan. 11. The filing deadline passed on Nov. 22.

The special election was called after Lance Eads (R) left office to accept a position with Capitol Consulting Firm on Oct. 28. Eads served from 2017 to 2021. 

As of February, 36 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2022 in 17 states. Between 2011 and 2021, an average of 74 special elections took place each year. Arkansas held 15 special elections from 2010 to 2021.

Entering the special election, the Arkansas State Senate had seven Democrats, 26 Republicans, one independent, and one vacancy. A majority in the chamber requires 18 seats. Arkansas 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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Special election to be held for Connecticut House District 5 on March 1

The special general election for the District 5 seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives is on March 1. Maryam Khan (D), Charles Jackson (R, Independent Party), Dean Jones (independent), and Lawrence Jaggon (independent) are competing in the special election. The deadline for parties to nominate candidates passed on Jan. 24. The write-in candidate filing deadline is on Feb. 15.

The special election was called after Brandon McGee (D) resigned on Jan. 7 to work on Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) re-election campaign. McGee served from 2013 to 2022.

As of February 2022, 33 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2022 in 15 states. Between 2011 and 2021, an average of 74 special elections took place each year. Connecticut held 45 state legislative special elections from 2010 to 2021.

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Hubert Delany wins Connecticut House special election

A special general election was held for the District 144 seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives on Jan. 25. Hubert Delany (D) won the special election with 1,661 votes and defeated Danny Melchionne (R), who received 1,323 votes. 

Candidates running for special elections in Connecticut are nominated through party conventions. The filing deadline for write-in candidates passed on Jan. 11.

The special election was called after Caroline Simmons (D) left office to become mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, on Dec. 1. Simmons served from 2015 to 2021. 

As of January 2022, 31 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2022 in 15 states. Between 2011 and 2021, an average of 74 special elections took place each year. Connecticut has held 45 state legislative special elections from 2010 to 2021.

Entering the special election, the Connecticut House of Representatives had 95 Democrats, 53 Republicans, and three vacancies. A majority in the chamber requires 76 seats. Connecticut has a Democratic 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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