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2014 elections preview: State legislative primaries in six states

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On May 20, 2014, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania will hold primary elections. Across the six states, 881 seats are up for election in 2014. Of those, 247 (28.0%) seats have a contested primary. One hundred and forty-nine (60.3%) of those primaries feature incumbents. Of the 771 incumbents in these states running for re-election in 2014, 58 Democrats and 91 Republicans will face primary challengers. The other 622 will advance to the November 4 general election without facing primary competition.

Arkansas

In Arkansas, there are 118 seats up for election in 2014, 18 in the Senate and 100 in the House. In total, there are 26 (22.0%) contested primaries across the state, with 4 in the Senate and 22 in the House. Eight (30.8%) of these contested primaries (three in the Senate and five in the House) feature incumbents. One (12.5%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge is a Democrat and seven (87.5%) are Republicans. In Arkansas, all polling places will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. When the polls close, if you are in line, you will be permitted to vote.[1]

Senate

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of four contested primaries, all Republican, on the Arkansas State Senate ballot. Three Republican incumbents will face primary competition on May 20. 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:

  • District 9: Incumbent Bruce Holland (R) is challenged in the Republican primary by Terry Rice. No Democrat filed to run.
  • District 14: Incumbent Bill Sample (R) is challenged in the Republican primary by Jerry Neal. No Democrat filed to run. George Pritchett is running as an Independent.
  • District 18: Incumbent Missy Irvin (R) is challenged in the Republican primary by Phil Grace. No Democrat filed to run.
Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 22
Total 35

House

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

There are a total of 22 contested primaries, 4 Democratic and 18 Republican, on the Arkansas House of Representatives ballot. Five incumbents, one Democrat and four Republicans, will face primary competition on May 20. Twenty-nine incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 49 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition are:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 48
     Republican Party 51
     Green Party 1
Total 100

Georgia

In Georgia, there are 236 seats up for election in 2014, 56 in the Senate and 180 in the House. In total, there are 62 (26.3%) contested primaries across the state, with 19 in the Senate and 43 in the House. Forty-eight (77.4%) of these contested primaries (12 in the Senate and 36 in the House) feature incumbents. Seventeen (35.4%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are Democrats and 31 (64.6%) are Republicans. In Georgia, polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Any voter who is waiting in line to vote at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.[2]

Senate

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of 19 contested primaries, ten Democrats and nine Republicans, on the Georgia State Senate ballot. Twelve incumbents, seven Democrats and five Republicans, will face primary competition on May 20. Seven incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 37 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition include:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 18
     Republican Party 38
Total 56

House

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2014

There are a total of 43 contested primaries, 12 Democratic and 31 Republican, on the Georgia House of Representatives ballot. Thirty-six incumbents, 10 Democrats and 26 Republicans, will face primary competition on May 20. Ten incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 134 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition include:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 60
     Republican Party 118
     Independent 1
     Vacancy 1
Total 180

Idaho

In Idaho, there are 105 seats up for election in 2014, 35 in the Senate and 70 in the House. In total, there are 42 (40.0%) contested primaries across the state, with 11 in the Senate and 31 in the House. Thirty-one (73.8%) of these contested primaries (9 in the Senate and 22 in the House) feature incumbents. One (3.2%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge is a Democrat and 30 (96.7%) are Republicans.In Idaho, all polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In some instances, polls may open at 7:00 a.m., at the discretion of the local Clerk.[3] Idaho is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Senate

See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of 11 contested primaries, all Republican, on the Idaho State Senate ballot. Nine Republican incumbents will face primary competition on May 20. Two 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 include:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 7
     Republican Party 28
Total 35

House

See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

There are a total of 31 contested primaries, 6 Democratic and 25 Republican, on the Idaho House of Representatives ballot. Twenty-two incumbents, 1 Democrat and 21 Republicans, will face primary competition on May 20. Nine incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 39 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition include:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 57
Total 70

Kentucky

In Kentucky, there are 119 seats up for election in 2014, 19 in the Senate and 100 in the House. In total, there are 29 (24.4%) contested primaries across the state, with six in the Senate and 23 in the House. Fourteen (48.3%) of these contested primaries (three in the Senate and 11 in the House) feature incumbents. Six (42.9%) of the incumbents facing primary challenges are Democrats and eight (57.1%) are Republicans. In Kentucky, all polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central and Eastern Time. All those in line by 6:00 p.m. will be able to vote.[4]

Senate

See also: Kentucky State Senate elections, 2014

There are a total of six contested primaries, one Democratic and five Republican, on the Kentucky State Senate ballot. Three Republican incumbents will face primary competition on May 20. Four incumbents (one Democrat, two Republicans and one Independent) are not seeking re-election and another 12 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary opposition include:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 14
     Republican Party 23
     Independent 1
Total 38

House

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014

There are a total of 23 contested primaries, ten Democratic and 13 Republican, on the Kentucky House of Representatives ballot. Eleven incumbents, six Democrats and five Republicans, will face primary competition on May 20. Seven incumbents, three Democrat and four Republicans, are not seeking re-election and another 82 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary opposition include:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 54
     Republican Party 46
Total 100

Oregon

In Oregon, there are 75 seats up for election in 2014, 15 in the Senate and 60 in the House. In total, there are 20 (27%) contested primaries across the state, with 1 in the Senate and 19 in the House. Five (25.0%) of these contested primaries (zero in the Senate and five in the House) feature incumbents. Two (40.0%) of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are Democrats and three (60.0%) are Republicans. Oregon is an elections by mail state. A voter can still vote on Election Day at their local municipal clerks office, however, between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Oregon is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.[5]

Senate

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014

No incumbent state senators will face primary competition on May 20. There is one incumbent not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 14 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition.

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 16
     Republican Party 14
Total 30

House

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

A total of five incumbents will face primary competition on May 20. There are 15 incumbents not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 40 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition are:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 34
     Republican Party 26
Total 60

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there are 228 seats up for election in 2014, 25 in the Senate and 203 in the House. In total, there are 68 (30.0%) contested primaries across the state, with 7 in the Senate and 61 in the House. Forty-two (61.7%) of these contested primaries (3 in the Senate and 39 in the House) feature incumbents. Thirty (71.4%) of the incumbents facing a primary are Democrats and twelve (28.5%) are Republicans. In Pennsylvania, all polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.[6]

Senate

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

A total of three incumbents will face primary competition on May 20. Five incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 17 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition are:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 23
     Republican Party 27
Total 50

House

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

A total of 39 incumbents will face primary competition on May 20. Nineteen incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 145 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state representatives facing primary competition include:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 93
     Republican Party 110
Total 203

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