Open seats in the 2013 state legislative elections

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There were 220 seats in two states with a general election in 2013. We took a look at each of the states to see how many state legislative incumbents chose to run for re-election in 2013.

Our main findings:

  • In 15 (6.8%) of the 220 seats up for election in 2013, the incumbent did not run for re-election.
  • In 205 (93.2%) of the 220 seats up for election in 2013, the incumbent ran for re-election.

Because only two states held elections in 2013, the sample size is small when conducting analysis. It is therefore helpful to compare the states holding elections in 2013 to the 44 states that held elections in 2012. Here is how the two states would have ranked in 2012, based on the percentage of open seats.

  • New Jersey: 46th
  • Virginia: 41st

States compared by open seats

State Senate at stake Open senate House at stake Open house Total open  % open
New Jersey 40 1 80 5 6 5.0%
Virginia -- -- 100 9 9 9.0%

Comparison to 2011

See also: Open seats in the 2011 state legislative elections
State Senate at stake Open senate House at stake Open house Total open  % open
Louisiana 39 9 105 28 37 26.0%
Mississippi 52 9 122 18 27 15.5%
New Jersey 40 4 80 18 22 18.3%
Virginia 40 5 100 14 19 13.6%

Thus, there were 21 less open seats in 2013 in the three chambers that can be compared.

See also