2014 elections review: Recapping state legislative primaries in three states

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May 6, 2014

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

On May 6, 2014, primary elections took place in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio. Of the 411 seats up for election in 2014, 129 (31.4%) had contested primaries. Sixty-six (51.2%) of those contested primaries featured an incumbent. Ten (15.2%) incumbents, three Democrats and seven Republicans, lost their primary election.

Indiana

May 6 elections in Indiana saw a total of 25 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for one Democratic primary and nine Republican primaries in the Indiana State Senate. The Indiana House of Representatives held one Democratic primary and fourteen Republican primaries. In those elections, eleven incumbents faced primary competition; two in the Senate and nine in the House. Challengers defeated one incumbent in the Senate and two incumbents in the House in the primary elections.

Contested Primaries in Indiana -- May 6, 2014
State Senate
(25 seats)
State House
(100 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 1 (4.0%) 1 (1.0%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 9 (36.0%) 15 (15.0%)

Senate

Ten primary contests were held in the Indiana State Senate. One incumbent, John M. Waterman (R), lost his primary, while the other incumbent facing a primary, James W. Merritt, Jr. (R), won.

Indiana State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 13 10
     Republican Party 37 40
Total 50 50

House

Fourteen primary contests were held in the Indiana House of Representatives. Nine incumbents, all Republicans, faced primary competition. Two incumbents, Rebecca Kubacki (R) and Kathy Heuer (R), were defeated in their primaries.

Indiana House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 31 29
     Republican Party 69 71
Total 100 100

North Carolina

May 6 elections in North Carolina saw a total of 52 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for eleven Democratic primaries and nine Republican primaries in the North Carolina State Senate. The North Carolina House of Representatives held 11 Democratic primaries and 21 Republican primaries. In those elections, 28 incumbents faced primary competition; 9 in the Senate and 19 in the House. Challengers defeated one incumbent in the Senate and three incumbents in the House in the primary elections.

Contested Primaries in North Carolina -- May 6, 2014
State Senate
(50 seats)
State House
(120 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 11 (22%) 11 (9.1%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 9 (18%) 21 (18%)

Senate

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Twenty primary contests were held in the North Carolina State Senate. Eight out of the nine incumbents with primary competition defeated their challengers. Incumbent Clark Jenkins (D) was defeated in his primary.

North Carolina State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 17 16
     Republican Party 33 34
Total 50 50

House

See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Thirty-two primary contests were held in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Nineteen incumbents faced primary competition. Three incumbents, Annie Mobley (D), Roger Younts (R) and C. Robert Brawley (R), were defeated in their primaries.

North Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 43 46
     Republican Party 77 74
Total 120 120

Ohio

May 6 elections in Ohio saw a total of 52 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for four Democratic primaries and six Republican primaries in the Ohio State Senate. The Ohio House of Representatives held 13 Democratic primaries and 29 Republican primaries. In those elections, 27 incumbents faced primary competition; 5 in the Senate and 22 in the House. Challengers defeated three incumbents in the House in the primary elections.

Contested Primaries in Ohio -- May 6, 2014
State Senate
(17 seats)
State House
(99 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 4 (24%) 13 (13.1%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 6 (35.2%) 29 (29.2%)

Senate

See also: Ohio State Senate elections, 2014

Ten primary contests were held in the Ohio State Senate. All five incumbents with primary competition defeated their challengers.

Ohio State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 10 10
     Republican Party 23 23
Total 33 33

House

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2014

Forty-two primary contests were held in the Ohio House of Representatives. Twenty-two incumbents faced primary competition. Three incumbents, Peter Stautberg (R), Zack Milkovich (D) and Peter Beck (R), were defeated in their primaries. One district, District 28, is still too close to call.

Ohio House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 38 34
     Republican Party 60 65
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 99 99

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