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Candidates with no primary or general election challengers in the 2014 state legislative elections

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The number of incumbents running for re-election without challenge in either the primary or general election increased in the 2014 elections, from 25.9 percent in 2012 to 34.1 percent in 2014.

There were 6,057 state legislative districts with a seat up for election on November 6, 2014, in 46 states. We took a look at each of the 46 states to see how many state legislative candidates faced no major party primary or general election challenger. These candidates effectively won election at the time of their candidate filing.

Our main findings:

  • 1,797 candidates faced no opposition in both the primary and general election. This included:
Democratic Party 851 Democratic candidates
Republican Party 937 Republican candidates
Independent 9 Third party candidates
  • The incumbent chose to run for re-election in 5,049 (83.4%) of the 6,057 seats up for election.
  • Of those 5,049 incumbents, a total of 1,724 (34.1%) advanced through the 2014 elections without opposition.

States compared by incumbents with no opposition

State Senate seats up Senate candidates with no opposition House seats up House candidates with no opposition Total candidates with no opposition
Alabama 35 15 105 39 54
Alaska 14 5 40 10 15
Arizona 30 6 60 2 8
Arkansas 18 11 100 54 65
California 20 0 80 6 6
Colorado 18 5 65 13 18
Connecticut 36 8 151 41 49
Delaware 10 3 41 19 22
Florida 20 11 120 49 60
Georgia 56 28 180 109 137
Hawaii 13 3 51 8 11
Idaho 35 13 70 16 29
Illinois 19 11 118 57 68
Indiana 25 11 100 50 61
Iowa 25 9 100 49 58
Kansas -- -- 125 35 35
Kentucky 19 7 100 40 47
Maine 35 0 151 3 3
Maryland 47 8 141 4 12
Massachusetts 40 21 160 86 107
Michigan 38 0 110 0 0
Minnesota -- -- 134 9 9
Missouri 17 8 163 60 68
Montana 25 2 100 12 14
Nebraska 25 4 - - 4
Nevada 11 4 42 9 13
New Hampshire 24 3 400 38 41
New Mexico -- -- 70 26 26
New York 63 TBD[1] 150 TBD TBD
North Carolina 50 12 120 46 58
North Dakota 24 6 48 12 18
Ohio 17 2 99 5 7
Oklahoma 25 9 101 50 59
Oregon 16 6 60 17 23
Pennsylvania 25 10 203 96 106
Rhode Island 38 21 75 33 54
South Carolina -- -- 124 74 74
South Dakota 35 10 70 8 18
Tennessee 17 9 99 43 52
Texas 15 4 150 73 77
Utah 14 1 75 9 10
Vermont 30 7 150 77 84
Washington 25 2 98 31 33
West Virginia 17 1 100 9 10
Wisconsin 17 3 99 42 45
Wyoming 15 7 60 22 29

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