2014 elections review: Recapping state legislative primaries in six more states

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June 4, 2014

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

On June 3, 2014, primary elections took place in Alabama, California, Iowa, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota. As of today, Alabama's results are incomplete. There were 281 (23.6%) contested primaries of the possible 1190. One hundred and forty-six (51.9%) of those contested primaries featured an incumbent. Four (2.9%) incumbents, 1 Democrat and 3 Republicans, lost their primary election.

California

June 3 elections in California saw a total of 75 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for 10 seats in the California State Senate. The California State Assembly primaries for 65 seats. In those elections, 43 incumbents faced primary competition; 1 in the Senate and 42 in the House.

Incumbents Facing Primaries in California -- June 3, 2014
State Senate
(20 seats)
State House
(80 seats)
Democrats Facing a Primary Challenge 1 (5.0%) 32 (40.0%)
Republicans Facing a Primary Challenge 0 (0.0%) 10 (12.5%)

Senate

Ten primary contests were held in the California State Senate. The only incumbent facing a primary challenge, Kevin De Leon (D), advanced to the general election.

California State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 27 Pending
     Republican Party 12 Pending
     Vacancy 1 Pending
Total 40 40

House

Sixty-five primary contests were held in the California State Assembly. No incumbents lost their primary.

California House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 55 Pending
     Republican Party 24 Pending
     Vacancy 1 Pending
Total 80 80

Iowa

June 3 elections in Iowa saw a total of 30 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for seven Democratic and six Republican primaries in the Iowa State Senate. The Iowa House of Representatives held seven Democratic primaries and ten Republican primaries. In those elections, nine incumbents faced primary competition; four in the Senate and five in the House. No incumbents lost a primary election.

Contested Primaries in Iowa -- June 3, 2014
State Senate
(25 seats)
State House
(100 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 7 (28.0%) 7 (7.0%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 6 (24.0%) 10 (10.0%)

Senate

Thirteen primary contests were held in the Iowa State Senate. No incumbents lost their primary.

Iowa State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 26 Pending
     Republican Party 24 Pending
Total 50 50

House

Seventeen primary contests were held in the Iowa House of Representatives. No incumbents lost their primary.

Iowa House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 47 Pending
     Republican Party 53 Pending
Total 100 100

Montana

June 3 elections in Montana saw a total of 125 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for four Democratic primaries and 12 Republican primaries in the Montana State Senate. The Montana House of Representatives had contests in 17 Democratic primaries and 24 Republican primaries. In those elections, 18 incumbents faced primary competition; two in the Senate and 16 in the House.

Incumbents Facing Primaries in Montana -- June 3, 2014
State Senate
(25 seats)
State House
(100 seats)
Democrats Facing a Primary Challenge 0 (0.0%) 3 (3.0%)
Republicans Facing a Primary Challenge 2 (8.0%) 13 (13.0%)

Senate

Sixteen primary contests were held in the Montana State Senate. One incumbent appears to have lost his primary.

  • District 9: Incumbent Llew Jones (R), redistricted from the current District 14, defeated Joseph Large. Jones will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which ended in a 13-vote margin.
  • District 43: Incumbent Scott Boulanger (R), redistricted from the current District 44, was challenged by House District 87 incumbent Pat Connell. Unofficial results show Connell leading Boulanger by 39 votes. Robert Schumacher was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Montana State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 21 Pending
     Republican Party 29 Pending
Total 50 50

House

Thirty-one primary contests were held in the Montana House of Representatives. One incumbent was defeated in his primary.

Montana House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 39 Pending
     Republican Party 61 Pending
Total 100 100

New Mexico

June 3 elections in New Mexico saw a total of 70 state legislative primaries, all in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Contests were held for 12 Democratic primaries and 6 Republican primaries. In those elections, seven incumbents faced primary competition. At least one incumbent lost a primary election, with another shown trailing by a narrow margin according to unofficial results.

Incumbents Facing Primaries in New Mexico -- June 3, 2014
State House
(70 seats)
Democrats Facing a Primary Challenge 5 (7.1%)
Republicans Facing a Primary Challenge 2 (2.9%)
New Mexico House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 37 Pending
     Republican Party 33 Pending
Total 70 70

South Dakota

June 3 elections in South Dakota saw a total of 21 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for two Democratic and four Republican primaries in the South Dakota State Senate. The South Dakota House of Representatives held three Democratic primaries and twelve Republican primaries. In those elections, seventeen incumbents faced primary competition; two in the Senate and fifteen in the House. No incumbents lost a primary election.

Contested Primaries in South Dakota -- June 3, 2014
State Senate
(25 seats)
State House
(100 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 2 (5.7%) 3 (8.6%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 4 (11.4%) 12 (34.2%)

Senate

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


South Dakota State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 7 Pending
     Republican Party 28 Pending
Total 35 35

House

Fifteen primary contests were held in the South Dakota House of Representatives. No incumbents lost their primary.

South Dakota House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 17 Pending
     Republican Party 53 Pending
Total 70 70

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