Major party candidates with major party competition in the November 2007 state legislative elections

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2007 Competitiveness Overview
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By Geoff Pallay with Kevin Diana, Tyler King and Justin Haas

There were 578 state legislative districts, in 4 states, with a seat up for election on November 6, 2007 that were studied. We took a look at each of the 4 states to see how many state legislative districts have only one major party candidate running in the general election.

Our main findings:

  • In the United States, there are 1,971 state senators and 5,413 state representatives. There are only 24 total third party legislators out of 7,384 total state legislators. Thus, a major party candidate is virtually guaranteed election when facing third parties.
  • There was only one major party candidate in 270 (46.7%) of the 578 districts that held state legislative elections in 2007. Nearly 1 in 2 districts holding elections fielded only one major party candidate.

Comparing states:

  • Virginia had the most major party candidates without major party opposition -- in other words, it had the least amount of competitiveness at the general election level.
  • The state with the most competitive general elections in terms of major party candidates was New Jersey.

The score that states received based on their ratio of major party competition is one of 3 factors used in evaluating which states have the highest, and which the lowest, overall competitiveness in the 2007 state legislative elections.

States compared by major party competition

The state that is least competitive as defined by the percentage of its seats where there is only one major party candidate in 2007 is defined as #4, while the state that is most competitive as defined by the percentage of its seats where there are Democratic and Republican candidates is defined as #1; that is, 1 = "most competitive", 4 = "least competitive".

State Senate at stake No Major Party Opposition House at stake No Major Party Opposition  % without Major Party Opposition Major party competitive rank Overall competitive rank
Louisiana 39 11 105 51 43.1% 2 4
Mississippi 52 31 122 75 60.9% 3 2
New Jersey 40 4 80 6 8.3% 1 1
Virginia 40 23 100 69 65.7% 4 3

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