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3,019 major party candidates filed for 2020 Congress elections

As of June 29, 3,019 major party candidates have filed to run for the Senate and House of Representatives in 2020.

So far, 461 candidates are filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for U.S. Senate. Of those, 369—187 Democrats and 182 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 527 candidates filed with the FEC to run for U.S. Senate, including 137 Democrats and 240 Republicans.

For U.S. House, 3,019 candidates have filed with the FEC to run. Of those, 2,650—1,247 Democrats and 1,403 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 3,244 candidates filed with the FEC, including 1,566 Democrats and 1,155 Republicans.

Thirty-six members of the U.S. House are not seeking re-election in 2020. That includes 27 Republicans and nine Democrats. Four senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) are not running for re-election. In 2018, 55 total members of Congress—18 Democrats and 37 Republicans—did not seek re-election.

On November 3, 2020, 35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats are up for election. Of those Senate seats, 33 are regularly scheduled elections, while the other two are special elections in Arizona and Georgia. Twelve are Democratic-held seats and 23 are Republican-held seats. In the House, Democrats currently hold a majority with 233 seats.

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U.S. Senate confirms federal judges for first time since February

The U.S. Senate confirmed three nominees to U.S. District Court judgeships. The Senate has confirmed 196 of President Trump’s Article III judicial nominees—two Supreme Court justices, 51 appellate court judges, 141 district court judges, and two U.S. Court of International Trade judges—since January 2017.

The confirmed nominees are:

Scott Rash, confirmed to the United States District Court for the District of Arizona on a 74-20 vote. After Rash receives his judicial commission and takes his judicial oath, the court will have:
• One vacancy.
• Seven Democrat-appointed judges and five Republican-appointed judges.

John Heil III, confirmed to the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Eastern District of Oklahoma, and Western District of Oklahoma, on a 75-17 vote. After Heil receives his judicial commission and takes his judicial oath, the Northern District court will have:
• No vacancies.
• One Democrat-appointed judge and three Republican-appointed judges.
The Eastern District will have:
• No vacancies.
• Two Republican-appointed judges and no Democrat-appointed judges.
The Western District will have:
• No vacancies.
• Six Republican-appointed judges and no Democrat-appointed judges.

Anna Manasco, confirmed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. After Manasco receives her judicial commission and takes her judicial oath, the court will have:
• No vacancies.
• Two Democrat-appointed judges and six Republican-appointed judges.

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