Tag: state legislative primaries

  • New Mexico has 42 contested state legislative primaries this year. Here’s a breakdown

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    New Mexico has 42 contested state legislative primaries this year, the highest number since Ballotpedia started tracking that figure in 2014. There are 213 total candidates running in New Mexico’s state legislative primaries this year, 26 fewer than in 2020. New Mexico’s 42 Senate seats are up for election every four years, while the 70…

  • 2.6% of state legislative incumbents who filed for re-election have lost in primaries

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    So far this year, 12 state legislative incumbents — one Democrat and 11 Republicans — have lost to primary challengers. Across the four states that have held primaries, 2.6% of incumbents running for re-election have lost, which is less than at this point in 2022 (3.6%). These totals include data from elections in both legislative…

  • Second-highest number of incumbents in contested state legislative primaries in Kentucky since 2014

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    Twenty-six Kentucky state legislative incumbents face primary challenges this year, representing 26% of all incumbents running for re-election. This is the second-highest number and percentage of contested incumbents since 2014.  Of the 26 incumbents in contested primaries, six are Democrats and 20 are Republicans. Kentucky has 44 contested state legislative primaries this year, a 23%…

  • State legislative primaries were most competitive in 2022 out of past four election cycles

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    Primaries for state legislative incumbents in states with trifectas have become more competitive since 2016. A trifecta happens when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. In 2016, the percentage of state legislative incumbents facing a primary challenger was 20.6%. In 2018, it was 21.9%, and in…

  • Despite increase among Republicans, contested primaries in Mississippi House reach decade-low

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    There are 44 contested state legislative primaries coming up on Aug. 8 in the Mississippi House, a decade-low for the chamber, down one from the previous low in 2019. While the total number of contested primaries is down, the number of contested Republican primaries is at a decade-high. This year, 30 state legislative races have…