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Two months to voter registration deadline for Missouri’s primary

The voter registration deadline for Missouri’s 2022 primary election is two months away. Those who wish to vote in-person must be registered by July 6. Registration is possible online, in-person, or by mail. If registration forms are mailed, they must be postmarked on or before July 6. The primary is scheduled for Aug. 2.

A primary election is used to narrow the field of candidates for certain positions or to determine the political party nominees before a general election. Missouri has an open primary. Voters are not required to be affiliated with a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary. Voters are also able to declare any party at the polls regardless of previous party affiliation. 

In the Missouri primary, voters throughout the state will select one candidate to serve in the U.S. Senate, eight candidates to serve in the House of Representatives, a state auditor, 17 state senators, and 163 state representatives. Clay County, Jackson County, Platte County, and the city of St. Louis have several municipal positions that will be on the ballot. Using Ballotpedia’s sample ballot lookup tool, voters can find the candidates that will be on their ballot on Aug. 2. 

The state of Missouri does not have early voting. Those who qualify for an absentee ballot must have their request form received in the mail by July 20. 

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Mike Kehoe announces run for governor

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe (R) announced on April 5 that he is running for governor in 2024. As of April 11, he is the only official candidate in the race. The current governor, Mike Parson (R), is ineligible to run for another term. He took office in 2018 after Eric Greitens resigned. Parson then won re-election in 2020. In Missouri, a governor may serve a maximum of two four-year terms. 

Kehoe was appointed to the office of lieutenant governor by Parson in 2018 and won re-election in 2020. His current term ends on Jan. 13, 2025. Prior to his appointment, Kehoe served in the Missouri State Senate from 2011 to 2018. 

The state of Missouri has a Republican triplex and a Republican trifecta. A triplex occurs when one party controls the offices of the governor, secretary of state, and attorney general. A trifecta occurs when one party controls the office of the governor and both chambers of the state legislature. 

The winner of the 2024 election will be Missouri’s 58th governor. Nationwide, there will be 11 gubernatorial seats up for election in 2024. Missouri will also be holding elections for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer. 

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Nebraska’s 2022 U.S. Congress elections see most candidates running per district since 2012

The filing deadline for candidates running for state or federal office in Nebraska was February 15, 2022. This year, 16 candidates are running for Nebraska’s 3 U.S. House districts, including 9 Republicans, 6 Democrats, and one Legal Marijuana Now candidate. That’s 5.33 candidates per district, more than the 4.67 candidates per district in 2020 and 3.67 in 2018. See the chart below to view data through 2012.

Here are some other highlights from this year’s filings:

  • This is the first election to take place under new district lines following the 2020 census. Nebraska was apportioned three congressional districts, the same number of seats it had after the 2010 census.
  • Incumbent Reps. Don Bacon (R), and Adrian Smith (R) are running for re-election in the district they currently represent.
  • Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R) also registered to run for re-election in Nevada’s 1st. On March 26, Fortenberry announced he would resign from Congress following his conviction on campaign finance-related charges. Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen (R) said it was too late to remove Fortenberry’s name from the ballot. Fortenberry has not yet communicated an unofficial withdrawal, so he is still counted as a candidate in this article.
  • The May primaries in Nebraska’s 1st will be open seat elections, but the November general election will not be. Nebraska’s 1st, where Fortenberry is resigning, will hold a special election in June to fill the seat.
  • There were no regular open seat elections in 2012 (the last elections after redistricting) or 2020. The last open seat regular election for U.S. Congress in Nebraska was in 2006 for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.
  • The last time an incumbent was defeated in Nebraska was in 2016, when Bacon defeated one-term incumbent Brad Ashford (D).
  • This year, Bacon has one primary challenger and Smith also has one.
  • The 1st district, where Fortenberry is resigning, has the most candidates running with a total of seven candidates. Five are Republicans and two are Democrats.
  • No districts are guaranteed to either party. Both Democratic and Republican candidates have filed to run in all three districts.

Nebraska’s U.S. House primaries are scheduled for May 10, 2022. Candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will advance to the general election.

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Kentucky statewide filing deadline passed on Jan 25

The filing deadline to run for elected office in Kentucky passed on Jan 25. Candidates filed for the following offices: 

  • U.S. Senate (one seat)
  • U.S. House (six seats)
  • Incumbent John Yarmuth (D) is not running for re-election in Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District.
  • Incumbents filed to run in the other five House races.
  • State Senate (19 seats)
  • State House (100 seats)
  • State Supreme Court
  • Intermediate appellate courts

Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following areas:

  • Frankfort, Lexington, and Louisville
  • Fayette County Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Schools

The primary is scheduled for May 17, and the general election is scheduled for Nov 8.

Kentucky’s statewide filing deadline was the second to take place in the 2022 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on Jan. 28 in Alabama. 

Entering the 2022 election, the Kentucky state House has 24 Democrats, 75 Republicans, and one vacancy. All 100 seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 51 seats. Kentucky has a divided government and no state government trifecta. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers. 

Entering the 2022 election, the Kentucky State Senate has eight Democrats and 30 Republicans. There are 19 seats up for election. 

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Two U.S. House members make endorsements in TX-28 Democratic primary

On Jan. 20, 2022, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) endorsed Jessica Cisneros in the Democratic primary for Texas’ 28th Congressional District. On Jan. 19, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) endorsed incumbent Henry Cuellar.

Cuellar, Tannya Benavides, and Cisneros are running in the primary election on March 1. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the top-two vote-getters will advance to a primary runoff on May 24.

In the 2020 Democratic primary, Cuellar defeated Cisneros 51.8% to 48.2%. In that primary, Cisneros received endorsements from Justice Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Cuellar received endorsements from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Political commentators expect endorsements in this year’s race to continue to reflect this divide between the wings of the Democratic Party.

The general election will take place on Nov. 8, 2022. As of January 2022, the three race rating outlets considered the general either to be either Solid Democratic or Likely Democratic. The district is one of three in the state announced as targets by the National Republican Congressional Committee in February 2021. In the 2020 general election. Cuellar defeated Sandra Whitten (R) 58.3% to 39.0%.



36 states hold two or more top-ballot statewide elections in 2022

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In 2022, 36 states are holding elections for two or more top-ballot statewide offices—U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and secretary of state. Twenty-six states are holding elections for both U.S. Senate and governor—the top state executive position. 

Overall:

  1. 16 states are holding elections for all five top-level statewide offices.
  2. 11 states are holding elections for four of the offices.
  3. 5 states are holding elections for three of the offices.
  4. 4 states are holding elections for two of the offices.

In 11 states with more than two top-level statewide elections, the current incumbents of offices up for election belong to different parties. A blue dot before an officeholder’s name below means they are a Democrat and a red dot means they are a Republican.

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Seven incumbents lose in state legislative elections on Nov. 2, bringing the total for the year to 15

At least seven state legislative incumbents lost their re-election campaigns on Nov. 2, 2021. All seven of those legislators were Democrats—five in Virginia and two in New Jersey.

This brings the total number of incumbents defeated in the 2021 elections to 15. Incumbents ran in 203 of the 220 state legislative elections this year, meaning that 7.4 percent lost at some stage (in a primary or general) to a challenger. That is the highest rate of incumbents losing to challengers in the last six odd-year election cycles. The next highest rate was in 2017 when 7.0 percent of incumbents lost.

There are still 16 uncalled races across the two states, so these figures may change. Among the remaining uncalled races, there are 13 Democratic incumbents: seven in the New Jersey General Assembly, four in the Virginia House of Delegates, and two in the New Jersey State Senate.



How Clallam County picks its governors

Clallam County, Wash., knows how to pick a winner— at least when it comes to presidential politics.

Every four years, going back to 1980, it has voted for the winning presidential candidate, making it the county with the longest record of anticipating the country’s next commander-in-chief— whether Republican or Democrat. That puts Clallam County at odds with Washington, a state that hasn’t selected a Republican presidential candidate since 1984. While Clallam has voted Republican in six of the last 11 presidential elections, Washington has voted Republican in only two.

When it comes to choosing Washington’s governor, Clallam County has struck a more consistent note, though one still mostly at odds with the rest of the state. Clallam has voted Republican in eight out of the last 11 gubernatorial elections. Since 1980, Clallam County has voted for a Democrat in 1984, 1988, and 2000, and for a Republican ever since.

Washington, however, has selected a Democratic governor in every election since 1984.

The following table contrasts Clallam’s gubernatorial voting record since 2000 with Washington’s statewide results.

Although Clallam has selected Republican governors since 2004, the results have been close, with no more than a 10% margin separating the Republican candidate from the Democratic one. In 2008, 2016, and 2020, the margin separating the two candidates was under two percent, reflecting Clallam’s political diversity.

Clallam County is holding municipal elections in its three cities—Port Angeles, Sequim, and Forks— in 2021. Twenty-six offices are up for election in those cities.



Louisiana Secretary of State announces delayed fall election date

On Sept. 8, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R) announced that Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) had agreed to postpone the state’s fall elections. According to Ardoin, the first-round and second-round elections will now take place on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, respectively. The first-round and second-round elections were originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 9 and Nov. 13. The governor’s office has not yet confirmed the change. 

In a Sept. 7 press release outlining his recommendation for the postponements, Ardoin said, “A number of issues stemming from Hurricane Ida’s devastation, including questions about nursing home operations, postal service delivery, extensive power outages, polling location damages, and election commissioners and staff members still displaced, would make holding the election on its original dates virtually impossible without impairing the integrity of the election.”

The fall ballot includes three special state legislative elections, municipal elections in New Orleans, four constitutional amendments, and several local ballot initiatives. Additional announcements regarding election-related deadlines are expected in the coming days. 

The Louisana majority-vote system differs from those used in the other 49 states. In Louisiana, all candidates running for a local, state, or federal office appear on the same ballot in either October (in odd-numbered years) or November (in even-numbered years), regardless of their partisan affiliations. If a candidate wins a simple majority of all votes cast for the office (i.e., 50%, plus one vote), he or she wins the election outright. If no candidate meets that threshold, the top two finishers, regardless of their partisan affiliations, advance to a second election in December. In that election, the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes wins.

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Three candidates answer Ballotpedia’s survey in Virginia governor’s race

Virginia voters will elect a new governor this November. Incumbent Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is term-limited, leaving the seat open. Three candidates—Terry McAuliffe (D), Glenn Youngkin (R), and Princess Blanding (Liberation)—will appear on the general election ballot. A fourth, Paul Davis (I), is running as a write-in candidate.

Youngkin, Blanding, and Davis have all completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey, which allows candidates to speak directly to Ballotpedia readers, describing who they are, why they are running, and what they would prioritize if elected.

One question asks candidates to list three key messages from their campaigns, the main points they want voters to remember about their goals. Here are a few responses:

  1. Youngkin: “Virginia’s economy has stalled while neighboring states thrive. Virginia’s businesses are drowning in high costs and redtape . [sic] We need a governor with real-world experience who can create jobs, keep businesses from leaving, put an open-for-business sign on Virginia, and create a rip-roaring economy that lifts all Virginians.”
  2. Blanding: “Empowering and supporting courageous leadership that will put people over profit and politics.”
  3. Davis: “Stop Criminal Corrupt politicians and hold legislative bi partisan accountability”

Ballotpedia is seeking 100% participation among candidates in this race. To ask McAuliffe to complete the survey, tweet at his campaign account or send him an email.

An average of the five most recent polls in the race shows 48% of respondents favoring McAuliffe and 42% supporting Youngkin. Blanding, included in three of those polls, received support from 3% of respondents, on average. Davis has not been listed in a poll to date.

Democrats have won four of the last five gubernatorial elections and all thirteen statewide elections in Virginia since 2012. In 2019, Democrats won majorities in both the state House and Senate, creating a Democratic trifecta in the state for the first time since 1994. Most recently, Joe Biden (D) won the state in the 2020 presidential election, receiving 54% of the vote to Donald Trump’s (R) 44%.