National contested primary average during the 2014 U.S. congressional elections
After each state holds a primary election, members of the Ballotpedia staff will perform an analysis of each congressional district's race to judge the primary competitiveness of each district. We specifically look for the following two statistics:
- Primary competitiveness
- This figure is calculated from the percentage of major party races in each state that are contested (races in which all primary candidates cannot advance to the general election).
- Incumbent primary competition
- This figure is calculated from the percentage of incumbents who ran for re-election that face competition in the primary election.
Using these figures, the nationwide index will be calculated as the average of these numbers.
|Contested Primaries during the 2014 Congressional Elections|
|State||Primary date||# of seats||Democratic contested primaries||Republican contested primaries||Contested Major Party primaries||% contested primaries|
|Contested Primaries involving incumbents during the 2014 Congressional Elections|
|State||Primary date||# of seats||Incs running||Incs facing primary||% incs with primary|
The national contested primary average in 2012 was 54.31%. The nationwide average for incumbent primary competition was 51.81%.