2014 elections review: Recapping state legislative primaries in four states

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June 11, 2014

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

On June 10, 2014, primary elections took place in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina. There were 84 (10.2%) contested primaries of the possible 822. North Dakota was unique in that the Senate did not hold a single contested primary, while just two contested primaries were held in the House.

Forty (48%) of those contested primaries featured an incumbent. Three (7.5%) incumbents, all Republicans, lost their primary elections. In Maine, unofficial results put incumbent John Tuttle ahead of primary challenger Andrea Boland by just ten votes. Results collected by Bangor Daily News details 97 percent of precincts as being reported.[1]

Maine

June 10 elections in Maine saw a total of 24 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for four Democratic primaries and one Republican primary in the Maine State Senate, while the Maine House of Representatives had eight Democratic primaries and eleven Republican primaries. In those elections, three incumbents faced primary competition; two in the Senate and one in the House. One Senate incumbent lost a primary election.

Contested Primaries in Maine -- June 10, 2014
State Senate
(35 seats)
State House
(151 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 4 (11.4%) 3 (2.0%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 1 (2.9%) 12 (7.9%)

Senate

Five primary contests were held in the Maine State Senate. One incumbent lost his primary.

Maine State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 19 15
     Republican Party 15 20
     Independent 1 0
Total 35 35

House

Nineteen primary contests were held in the Maine House of Representatives. No incumbents lost their primary.

Maine House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 88 79
     Republican Party 57 68
     Independent 4 4
     Non-voting 3 3
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 154 154

Nevada

June 10 elections in Nevada saw a total of 31 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for two Democratic primaries and four Republican primaries in the Nevada State Senate, while the Nevada State Assembly had nine Democratic primaries and sixteen Republican primaries. In those elections, thirteen incumbents faced primary competition; two in the Senate and eleven in the House.

Contested Primaries in Nevada -- June 10, 2014
State Senate
(11 seats)
State House
(42 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 2 (18.1%) 9 (21.4%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 4 (36.3%) 16 (38.0%)

Senate

Six primary contests were held in the Nevada State Senate. No incumbents lost their primary.

Nevada State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 11 10
     Republican Party 10 11
Total 21 21

House

Twenty-six primary contests were held in the Nevada State Assembly. No incumbents lost their primary.

Nevada House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 26 15
     Republican Party 15 27
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 42 42

North Dakota

June 10 elections in North Dakota saw a total of 4 state legislative primaries. No primary contest were held in the North Dakota State Senate, while the North Dakota House of Representatives had one Democratic primary and three Republican primaries. In those elections, four incumbents faced primary competition; all in the House. No incumbents were defeated in the primary election.

Contested Primaries in North Dakota -- June 10, 2014
State Senate
(24 seats)
State House
(48 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 0 (0%) 1 (2.0%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 0 (0%) 3 (6.25%)

Senate

No primary contests were held in the North Dakota State Senate. Three incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 21 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition.

North Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 14 15
     Republican Party 33 32
Total 47 47

House

Four primary contests were held in the North Dakota House of Representatives. No incumbents lost their primary.

North Dakota House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 23 23
     Republican Party 70 71
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 94 94

South Carolina

June 10 elections in South Carolina saw a total of 29 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for eight Democratic primaries and twenty-one Republican primaries in the South Carolina House of Representatives. In those elections, 20 incumbents faced primary competition. Two incumbents lost their primary election.

Contested Primaries in South Carolina -- June 10, 2014
State House
(124 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 8 (4.8%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 21 (12.1%)

House

Twenty-nine primary contests were held in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Two incumbents lost their primary.


South Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 46 46
     Republican Party 78 77
     Vacant 0 1
Total 124 124

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