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This is a project page for articles about state executive officials. Specifically, this project page highlights writing guidelines and components for election pages.
Writing about
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Overview articles
By yearBy stateBy office
Incumbents
Running for officeNot running
Challengers
Profiles
Racetracking
Election categories
SEO news desk
The project

Election overview articles

By year

The election overview article serves as a hub for all state executive elections in a particular year.

The article should include:

  • An introduction summarizing number of states holding elections in the given cycle, number of seats up for election and other critical facts
  • Offices up for election (update after general election with final "verdicts" on battleground gubernatorial races)

--->Begin headertab section

  • Results analysis (updated after election results are in)
  • Election dates
  • Breakdown by state
  • Breakdown by office
  • Incumbent information ({{SEO2014resultstable}})<---end of headertabs

Example:


By state

Unlike the main overview article, this page focuses solely on one state.

The article should include:

  • An introduction summarizing number of states up for eleciton in the given state and important dates
  • Short paragraph detailing information provided on the page
  • Partisan breakdown (template)
  • Election details --->begin headertabs
  • Candidates by office (template)
  • Primary results
  • General election results<---end headertabs

Example:


By office

NOTE: down ballot page only used for federal midterms (2014, 2018, 2022...); individual pages created for each office in other three years of cycle.

Articles should include:

  • Introductory sentence highlighting the elections
  • Primary election section
  • General election section
  • See also
  • External links
  • Templates
  • Categories

Example:

Incumbents

Running for office

Once an incumbent has announced their run for office, the following needs to be updated:

  • Introductory sentence
  • Add section (if not already present) called "Elections"
  • Subsection "2011" (or relevant year)
  • Add notations about the campaign here. Including primary and general election results.
  • Appropriate election categories (below).

Example:

Running for a new or different office

If a current state executive official is running for a different office, we want to make a note of that using the template {{inc new office}}.

Depending which office the incumbent is seeking, use the following code, adjusting for the appropriate election year:
  • For a current SEO running for a seat in the state House, use:
    • {{Inc new office|SEO|State House|2014}}
  • For a current SEO running for a seat in the state Senate, use:
    • {{Inc new office|SEO|State Senate|2014}}
  • For a current SEO running for a seat in the U.S. House, use:
    • {{Inc new office|SEO|U.S. House|2014}}
  • For a current SEO running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, use:
    • {{Inc new office|SEO|U.S. Senate|2014}}
  • For a current SEO running for an office not listed above (such as Mayor, County Commissioner, school board, etc.) use:
    • {{Inc new office|SEO|Other|2012}}

Also, if a state executive incumbent is running for a new office, make sure to note that by placing a Y next to the parameter New office= within the {{Seocandidate}} template.

Not running

If the incumbent is NOT running for office, update:

Categories

See: Writing:Categories (state executive officials)#Candidates

Challenger profiles

Once a candidate announces a run for office, create a profile with the following components:

  • Intro highlighting which office they are running for, as well as other relevant stats (election date, etc.)
  • Biography
  • Issues
  • Elections
  • See also
  • External links
  • Templates
  • Categories (below)

Example:

Categories

See: Writing:Categories (state executive officials)#Candidates

Racetracking

For details on election racetracking methodology, click here.