2014 elections preview: State legislative primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio

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On May 6, 2014, Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio will hold primary elections. In total, there are 129 contested primaries across the three states, with 62 of them featuring incumbents. Another 282 seats are up for election in 2014 but will not have a contested primary on May 6.

In Indiana, there are 125 total seats, 25 in the Senate and 100 in the House, up for election in 2014. There are 25 contested primaries, 10 in the Senate and 15 in the House. Eleven of those 25 feature incumbents, with two Senators and nine Representatives facing primary competition. Polls in Indiana are open from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. local time.

In North Carolina, there are 170 total seats, 50 in the Senate and 120 in the House, up for election in 2014. There are 52 contested primaries, 20 in the Senate and 32 in the House. Twenty-eight of those 52 feature incumbents, with nine Senators and 19 Representatives facing primary competition. Polls in North Carolina are open from 6:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. local time.

In Ohio, there are 116 total seats, 17 in the Senate and 99 in the House, up for election in 2014. There are 52 contested primaries, 10 in the Senate and 42 in the House. Twenty-three of those 52 feature incumbents, with five Senators and 18 Representatives facing primary competition. Polls in Ohio are open from 6:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. local time. Anyone in line at 7:30 P.M. will be allowed to vote.

See also: State legislative elections, 2014

Indiana

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in both chambers of Indiana State Legislature:

Indiana House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 31 Pending
     Republican Party 69 Pending
Total 100 100

There are a total of 15 contested primaries, 1 Democrat and 14 Republican, on the ballot. Nine incumbents will face primary competition on May 6. Three incumbents, all Republicans, are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 88 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition include:

Indiana
Indiana State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 13 Pending
     Republican Party 37 Pending
Total 50 50

There are a total of ten contested primaries, nine Republican and one Democratic, on the ballot. Two incumbents will face primary competition on May 6. Five incumbents, one Democrat and four Republicans, are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 18 will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition are:

There are a total of 15 contested primaries, 14 Republican and one Democratic, on the ballot. Just three incumbents, all Republicans, are not seeking re-election. Nine incumbents, all Republicans, will face primary competition. In 2012, 14 incumbents faced primary competition. None of them lost to their primary challengers.

North Carolina

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in both chambers of North Carolina State Legislature:

North Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 43 Pending
     Republican Party 77 Pending
Total 120 120

There are a total of 32 contested primaries, 11 Democrats and 21 Republicans, on the ballot. Nineteen incumbents will face primary competition on May 6. Nine incumbents, four Democrats and five Republicans, are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 92 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition are:

North Carolina
North Carolina State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 17 Pending
     Republican Party 33 Pending
Total 50 50

There are a total of 20 contested primaries, 11 Democrats and 9 Republicans, on the ballot. Nine incumbents will face primary competition on May 6. Five incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 36 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition are:

Ohio

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in both chambers of Ohio State Legislature:

Ohio House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 38 Pending
     Republican Party 60 Pending
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 99 99

There are a total of 42 contested primaries, 13 Democrats and 29 Republicans, on the ballot. Eighteen incumbents will face primary competition on May 6. Twenty-two incumbents, twelve Democrats and ten Republicans, are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 59 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition are:

Ohio
Ohio State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 10 Pending
     Republican Party 23 Pending
Total 33 33

There are a total of ten contested primaries, four Democrats and six Republicans, on the ballot. Five incumbents will face primary competition on May 6. Four incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another eight incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition are:

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