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On June 3, 2014, Alabama, California, Iowa, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota will hold primary elections. Across the six states, 665 seats are up for election in 2014. Of the possible 1050, there are 269 (25.6%) contested primaries. One hundred and thirty-seven (50.9%) of those primaries feature incumbents. Of the 506 incumbents in these states running for re-election in 2014, 62 Democrats and 75 Republicans will face primary challengers. The other 369 will advance to the November 4 general election without facing primary competition.

Alabama

In Alabama, there are 140 seats up for election in 2014, 35 in the Senate and 105 in the House. In total, there are 66 (23.6%) contested primaries across the state, with 20 in the Senate and 46 in the House. Forty-two (63.6%) of these contested primaries (11 in the Senate and 31 in the House) feature incumbents. Fourteen (33.3%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are Democrats and 28 (66.7%) are Republicans. In Alabama, all polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time.[1]

Senate

See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of 20 contested primaries, 4 Democratic and 16 Republican, on the Alabama State Senate ballot. One Democratic and ten Republican incumbents will face primary competition on June 2. Five incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 19 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition include:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 8
     Republican Party 26
     Independent 1
Total 35

House

See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

There are a total of 46 contested primaries, 16 Democratic and 30 Republican, on the Alabama House of Representatives ballot. Thirty-one incumbents, 13 Democrats and 18 Republicans, will face primary competition on June 2. Fifteen incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 58 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition include:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 33
     Republican Party 72
Total 105

California

In California, there are 100 seats up for election in 2014, 20 in the Senate and 80 in the House. In total, there are 82 (82.0%) contested primaries across the state, with 17 in the Senate and 65 in the House. Fifty (61.0%) of these contested primaries (8 in the Senate and 42 in the House) feature incumbents. Thirty-five (70.0%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are Democrats and 15 (30.0%) are Republicans. All polls in California are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.[2]

Senate

See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of 17 contested primaries on the California State Senate ballot. Three Democratic and five Republican incumbents will face primary competition on June 2. Eight incumbents will face primary competition on June 8. Ten incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another two incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition are:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 25
     Republican Party 14
     Vacancy 1
Total 40

House

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

There are a total of 65 contested primaries on the California State Assembly ballot. Forty-two incumbents, 32 Democrats and 10 Republicans, will face primary competition on June 2. Twenty-three incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 15 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The Assembly members facing primary competition include:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 52
     Republican Party 28
Total 80

Iowa

In Iowa, there are 125 seats up for election in 2014, 25 in the Senate and 100 in the House. In total, there are 31 (12.4%) contested primaries across the state, with 13 in the Senate and 18 in the House. Ten (32.3%) of these contested primaries (four in the Senate and six in the House) feature incumbents. Four (40.0%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are Democrats and six (60.0%) are Republicans. In Iowa, all polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time, one of the longest poll open and close times in the nation.[3]

Senate

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of thirteen contested primaries, seven Democratic and six Republican, on the Iowa State Senate ballot. Three Democratic and one Republican incumbent will face primary competition on June 2. Five incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 16 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition are:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 26
     Republican Party 24
Total 50

House

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

There are a total of 18 contested primaries, eight Democratic and ten Republican, on the Iowa House of Representatives ballot. Six incumbents, one Democrat and five Republicans, will face primary competition on June 2. Ten incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 84 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition are:

  • District 25: Incumbent Stan Gustafson (R) is opposed in the Republican primary by challenger Joan Acela. No Democratic candidate filed to run.
  • District 28: Incumbent Greg T. Heartsill (R) is opposed in the Republican primary by Jon Michael Van Wyk. Megan Suhr (D) will face the Republican nominee in the general election.
  • District 39: Incumbent Jake Highfill (R) is opposed in the Republican primary by challengers Taylor Egly and Jerry Kinder. No Democratic candidate filed to run.
  • District 60: Incumbent Walt Rogers (R) is opposed in the Republican primary by Jason Welch. Karyn Finn (D) will face the Republican nominee in the general election.
  • District 84: Incumbent Dave Heaton (R) is opposed in the Republican primary by challenger Ralph Holmstrom. No Democratic candidate filed to run.
  • District 85: Incumbent Vicki Lensing (D) is opposed in the Democratic primary by challenger Ron Varner. No Republican candidate filed to run.
Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 43
     Republican Party 57
Total 100

Montana

In Montana, there are 125 seats up for election in 2014, 25 in the Senate and 100 in the House. In total, there are 57 (22.8%) contested primaries across the state, with 16 in the Senate and 41 in the House. Eighteen (31.6%) of these contested primaries (2 in the Senate and 16 in the House) feature incumbents. Three (16.7%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are Democrats and fifteen (83.3%) are Republicans. In Montana, polling place hours throughout the state vary. Polling places open between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Contact your local elections official for exact times.[4]

Senate

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of 16 contested primaries, 4 Democratic and 12 Republican, on the Montana State Senate ballot. Two Republican incumbents will face primary competition on June 2. Eleven incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another seven incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition include:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 21
     Republican Party 29
Total 50

House

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

There are a total of 41 contested primaries, 17 Democratic and 24 Republican, on the Montana House of Representatives ballot. Sixteen incumbents, 3 Democrats and 13 Republicans, will face primary competition on June 2. Twenty-eight incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 54 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition.


Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 41
     Republican Party 59
Total 100

New Mexico

In New Mexico, there are 70 seats up for election in 2014, all in the House. In total, there are 18 (12.9%) contested primaries in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Seven (39%) of these contested primaries feature incumbents. Five (71.4%) of the incumbents facing a primary are Democrats and two (29%) are Republicans. In New Mexico, all polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time on Election Day.[5]

House

See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014

A total of 7 incumbents will face primary competition on June 3. Eleven incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 52 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition include:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 33
     Republican Party 37
Total 70

South Dakota

In South Dakota, there are 105 seats up for election in 2014, 35 in the Senate and 70 in the House. In total, there are 15 (7.1%) contested primaries across the state, with five in the Senate and ten in the House. Ten (66.7%) of these contested primaries (two in the Senate and eight in the House) feature incumbents. One (10.0%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge is a Democrat and nine (90.0%) are Republicans. In South Dakota, all polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Any voter at the polling place prior to 7:00 p.m. is allowed to cast a ballot. South Dakota is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.[6]

Senate

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of five contested primaries, one Democratic and four Republican, on the South Dakota State Senate ballot. Two Republican incumbents will face primary competition on June 2. Nine incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 24 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition are:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 8
     Republican Party 25
     Vacancy 2
Total 35

House

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

There are a total of ten contested primaries, two Democratic and eight Republican, on the South Dakota House of Representatives ballot. Eight incumbents, one Democrat and seven Republicans, will face primary competition on June 2. Twenty-four incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 38 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition include:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 12
     Republican Party 58
Total 70

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