2014 elections preview: State legislative primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia

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On May 13, 2014, the Nebraska State Senate and West Virginia State Legislature will hold primary elections.

In Nebraska, there are 25 seats up for election in 2014. In total, there are 11 contested primaries across the state, with 1 featuring an incumbent. Another 14 seats are up for election in 2014 but will not have a contested primary on May 12. Polls in Nebraska are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time and 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.[1] Nebraska is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

In West Virginia, there are 117 seats up for election in 2014, 17 in the Senate and 100 in the House. There are 46 (39.3%) contested primaries across the state, with 5 in the Senate and 41 in the House. Thirty-four (73.9%) of these contested primaries (2 in the Senate and 32 in the House) feature incumbents. Twenty (58.8%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are Democrats and fourteen (41.2%) are Republicans. In West Virginia, all polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.[2]

Nebraska

Senate

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of eleven contested primaries, all nonpartisan, on the Nebraska State Senate ballot. One incumbent will face primary competition on May 12. Seventeen incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another two incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. Five other incumbents will be on the primary ballot with a challenger, but the lack of a third candidate leaves them effectively unopposed. The state senator facing primary competition is:

West Virginia

House

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

There are a total of 41 contested primaries, 18 Democratic and 17 Republican, on the West Virginia House of Delegates ballot. Thirty-two incumbents, 18 Democrats and 14 Republicans, will face primary competition on May 13. Nine incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 59 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition.

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 53
     Republican Party 47
Total 100

Senate

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of five contested primaries, three Democratic and two Republican, on the West Virginia State Senate ballot. Two incumbents, both Democrats, will face primary competition on May 13. Two incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 13 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition.The state senators facing primary competition are:

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 24
     Republican Party 10
Total 34

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