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June 24, 2014

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

On June 24, 2014, primary elections took place in Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah. There were 168 (19%) contested primaries of the possible 883.

Fifty-six (33.3%) of those contested primaries featured at least one incumbent. Of the 110 incumbents to face competition, 12 (10.9%) were defeated in their primary election.

Colorado

June 24 elections in Colorado saw a total of 13 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for two Republican primaries in the Colorado State Senate, while the Colorado House of Representatives had three Democratic primaries and eight Republican primaries. In those elections, two House incumbents faced primary competition.

Contested Primaries in Colorado -- June 24, 2014
State Senate
(35 seats)
State House
(151 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 0 (0.0%) 3 (4.6%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 2 (11.1%) 8 (12.3%)

Senate

Two primary contests were held in the Colorado State Senate. Neither primary featured an incumbent.

Colorado State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 18 Pending
     Republican Party 17 Pending
Total 35 35

House

Eleven primary contests were held in the Colorado House of Representatives. No incumbents lost their primary.

Colorado House of Representatives
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 37 Pending
     Republican Party 28 Pending
Total 65 65

Maryland

June 24 elections in Maryland saw a total of 102 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for 19 Democratic primaries and seven Republican primaries in the Maryland State Senate, while the Maryland House of Representatives had 45 Democratic primaries and 31 Republican primaries. In those elections, 17 Senate incumbents and 75 House incumbents faced primary competition. 2014 is the first year that legislative district maps produced following the 2010 census are in use, causing some of its three-member districts to split into two-member and single-member districts, or vice-versa. For example, the three members of District 44 challenged each other in the Democratic primary for the single seat created in the new District 44A.

Contested Primaries in Maryland -- June 24, 2014
State Senate
(47 seats)
State House
(141 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 19 (40.4%) 45 (44.6%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 7 (14.9%) 31 (22.0%)

Senate

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Twenty-six primary contests were held in the Maryland State Senate. A total of 17 incumbents faced primary competition on June 24. Seven incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 23 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. Three incumbents lost their respective primary.

Maryland State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 35 Pending
     Republican Party 12 Pending
Total 47 47

House

See also: Maryland House of Representatives elections, 2014

Seventy-six primary contests were held in the Maryland House of Representatives. A total of 72 incumbents faced primary competition on June 24. Forty-three incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 26 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. Eight incumbents lost their respective primary:

At the time of publication, another incumbent appears to have been defeated pending an official count:

Maryland House of Representatives
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 98 Pending
     Republican Party 43 Pending
Total 141 141

Oklahoma

June 24 elections in Oklahoma saw a total of 46 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for four Democratic primaries and nine Republican primaries in the Oklahoma State Senate, while the Oklahoma House of Representatives had eight Democratic primaries and twenty-five Republican primaries. In those elections, two Senate incumbents and eleven House incumbents faced primary competition.

Contested Primaries in Oklahoma -- June 24, 2014
State Senate
(25 seats)
State House
(101 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 4 (16%) 8 (7.9%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 9 (36%) 25 (24.7%)

Senate

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014

Thirteen primary contests were held in the Oklahoma State Senate. A total of 2 incumbents faced primary competition on June 24. Ten incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 13 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. No incumbents lost their primary. A primary runoff for Districts 8, 22 and 40 has been scheduled for August 26, 2014.

Oklahoma State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 12 Pending
     Republican Party 36 Pending
Total 48 48

House

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2014

Thirty-three primary contests were held in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. A total of 11 incumbents faced primary competition on June 24. Twenty-one incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 69 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. No incumbents lost their primary. A primary runoff for Districts 29, 38, 43, 61, 65, 69, 88, 89 and 99 has been scheduled for August 26, 2014.

Oklahoma House of Representatives
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 29 Pending
     Republican Party 72 Pending
Total 101 101

Utah

June 24 elections in Utah saw a total of 7 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for two Republican primaries in the Utah State Senate, while the Utah House of Representatives had one Democratic primary and four Republican primaries. In those elections, one Senate incumbent and two House incumbents faced primary competition.

Contested Primaries in Utah -- June 24, 2014
State Senate
(14 seats)
State House
(75 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 0 1 (1.3%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 2 (14.3%) 4 (5.3%)

Senate

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2014

Two primary contests were held in the Utah State Senate. One incumbent faced primary competition on June 24. Two incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 8 incumbents advanced past the convention and the primary without opposition. In April, 3 Republican incumbents defeated their opponents in the convention.

Utah State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 Pending
     Republican Party 24 Pending
Total 29 29

House

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

Five primary contests were held in the Utah House of Representatives. A total of two incumbents faced primary competition on June 24. Ten incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 48 incumbents advanced past the convention and the primary without opposition. In April, 2 Republican incumbents were defeated in the convention and eleven advanced past the conventions. One incumbent advanced past the primary and one incumbent did not.

Utah House of Representatives
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 14 Pending
     Republican Party 61 Pending
Total 75 75

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