Tag: 2023 state legislative elections

  • 29 state legislative incumbents lose re-election bids in 2023

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    In 2023, 29 state legislative incumbents lost their re-election bids: 13 in general elections and 16 in primaries. This was more than in 2021 (22) but fewer than in 2019 (31). In the four states that held elections – Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia – 19 Republican incumbents (10 in primaries and nine in…

  • 23% of all state legislative primaries are contested

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    There are 205 contested state legislative primaries in 2023, representing 23% of all possible primaries. Comparing 2023 to other times Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia all held elections since 2011, the percentage of primaries that are contested this year is lower than in 2019 (25%) but higher than in 2011 (22%) and 2015 (20%).…

  • Largest number of open state legislative district elections since 2011

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    There are 138 open state legislative seats in 2023, meaning newcomers will win at least 24% of all seats. This is the most since Ballotpedia began gathering data in 2011. A seat can become open if an incumbent leaves office or runs for re-election in a different district than the one they currently represent. Louisiana,…