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Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.) will not seek re-election in 2022

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced on February 8, 2021, that he will not seek re-election in 2022. Shelby was first elected to the Senate in 1986. He switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1994. 

Shelby is the fourth senator to announce he won’t seek re-election in 2022, joining Republicans Richard Burr (N.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio), and Pat Toomey (Penn.). During the 2020 election cycle, four senators did not seek re-election.

Thirty-four seats will be up for election next year. Republicans currently hold 20 of those seats and Democrats hold 14. 

The Senate is split 50-50, with 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with Democrats. Vice President Kamala Harris (D) has the tie-breaking vote, giving Democrats effective control of the chamber.  

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Ben Robbins wins Alabama House District 33 special election

Ben Robbins (R) won the special general election for the District 33 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives on January 19, 2021. Robbins defeated Fred Crum, who was nominated by the Alabama Democratic Party to run in the special general election after Democratic primary winner Terra Foster withdrew from the race. Unofficial results from the state show Robbins won by a margin of 68% to 32%.

The seat became vacant after former incumbent Ronald Johnson (R) passed away on July 14, 2020. Johnson had held the District 33 seat since 1978. Once he is sworn in, Robbins will serve the remaining two years of Johnson’s term.

Alabama has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. As of January 20, there were 23 Republican trifectas, 15 Democratic trifectas, and 12 divided governments where neither party held trifecta control. In the 2020 election, Republicans had a net gain of two trifectas, and two states under divided government became trifectas.

As of January 2021, 23 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 16 states. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

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Filing deadline for two Alabama state legislative special elections is Jan. 26

Candidates interested in running in two state legislative special elections in Alabama have until January 26, 2021, to file. The primaries are scheduled for March 30, and the special elections will be held on July 13. The filing deadline for minor party and independent candidates is March 30. The winners of the special elections will serve until November 7, 2022.

The special election for state Senate District 14 became necessary after Cam Ward (R) was appointed to serve as director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles by Gov. Kay Ivey (R). He had represented the seat since 2010 and won re-election in 2018 with 72.6% of the vote.

The special election for state House District 73 was called after Matt Fridy (R) was elected to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in November 2020. He had represented District 73 since 2015 and won re-election in 2018 with 69.1% of the vote.

Alabama has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Republicans control the state Senate by a 26-7 margin with two vacancies and the state House by a 75-28 margin with two vacancies.

As of January 2021, 20 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 14 states. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

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Special election to be held Jan. 19 in Alabama state House district

A special general election is being held on January 19 for District 33 of the Alabama House of Representatives. Fred Crum (D) and Ben Robbins (R) are running in the general election. The winner will serve until November 2022.

The seat became vacant after the death of Ronald Johnson (R). Johnson had represented the district since 1978. He last won re-election in 2018, earning 67% of the vote in the general election.

Heading into the special election, Republicans have a 76-28 majority in the Alabama House. Alabama has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

As of January, 15 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 10 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 special elections took place each year.

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Alabama House of Representatives District 73 special election set for July 13, 2021

Election officials have scheduled a special election for the District 73 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives on July 13, 2021. The seat became vacant after Cam Ward (R) was appointed to serve as director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles by Gov. Kay Ivey (R). The primary is on Mar. 30, and the primary runoff is on Apr. 27 if no candidate receives a majority of the primary vote. The filing deadline is on Jan. 26.



Ward resigns from Alabama state Senate

Alabama State Sen. Cam Ward (R) resigned Dec. 7 to become the director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Ward was appointed to his new position by Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Nov. 17. 

“It’s got to be the hardest job in state government,” Ward said in a phone interview. “They have a lot of issues going on. My number one issue is criminal justice reform.”

Ward’s successor in state Senate District 14 will be determined by a special election, which Ivey has set for July 13, 2021.

Ward served in the state Senate since 2010 and previously served in the state House from 2002 to 2010. He was most recently re-elected to another four-year term in 2018, defeating Democrat Jerry McDonald. This year, Ward unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court. Incumbent Greg Shaw defeated him in the Republican primary on March 3.

The Alabama State Senate is the upper chamber of the Alabama state legislature. With Ward’s resignation, the state Senate’s current partisan breakdown is 26 Republicans, seven Democrats, and two vacancies.

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Alabama State Senate District 14 special election set for July 13, 2021

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 14 seat in the Alabama State Senate on July 13, 2021. The primary is on March 30, and the primary runoff is on April 27 if no candidate receives an outright majority of the primary vote. The filing deadline is on January 26 for major-party candidates and March 30 for other candidates.



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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Tuberville defeats incumbent Jones in Alabama Senate race

Tommy Tuberville (R) defeated incumbent Doug Jones (D) in the U.S. Senate election in Alabama. Jones was first elected in 2017, receiving 50% of the vote to Roy Moore (R)’s 48%. Jones was the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992.

Tuberville is a former college football coach. President Donald Trump (R) endorsed him in the Republican primary runoff, where Tuberville defeated former Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Jones is the second incumbent senator to lose a re-election bid in 2020 as of 12 a.m. ET on Nov. 4. In Colorado, John Hickenlooper (D) defeated incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

Thirty-five of 100 Senate seats are up for election. Republicans have a 53-47 majority. Of the 35 seats up, 23 are held by Republicans and 12 by Democrats, giving Republicans greater partisan risk this year. Democrats need to win a net four seats to win an outright majority in the chamber.



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.