2011 Special Elections: Year in Review
In 2011, 94 special elections were held in 23 states to fill state legislative vacancies. In total, Republicans gained the most seats in 2011, picking up five seats from Democrats and one seat from an independent. However, Democrats managed to mitigate these victories, capturing the seats of four Republicans. One independent, albeit a former Democrat, picked up one seat from her former party.
Democratic vacancies were slightly over-represented in 2011. Of the 94 seats for which special election were held, 48 (51%) belonged to Democrats, 45 to Republicans, and one to an independent. Democrats hold approximately 45% of legislative seats nationwide. Of the 23 states that held special elections, Georgia held the most at 11 and Connecticut trailed right behind with 10.
On Tuesday, Dustin Hightower (R) defeated fellow Republican Alan Martinez, bringing the 2011 special election season to a belated close. Hightower and Martinez were both candidates in a runoff for Georgia House District 68 triggered by a December 6 special election.
Breakdown of 2011 special elections
|Reason for Vacancy||#|
|Election/candidacy to higher office||27|
|General election tie||1|
2011 special elections pickups
Republican pickup winners:
Democratic pickup winners:
Independent pickup winners:
- State legislative special elections, 2012
- State legislative special elections, 2011
- State legislative elections results, 2011