State house elections, 2013

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2013 Legislative Election Results

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Two state lower houses held general elections for state representatives on November 5, 2013. This was in addition to the one state senate chamber that held general elections in November.

There are 49 state houses (Nebraska doesn't have one). In 2013, the two states that held a general election for state representative were New Jersey and Virginia.

A total of 40 (2.0%) of the country's 1,972 state senate seats were up for election in November 2013, and 180 (3.3%) of the country's 5,411 state house seats were up for election. Altogether, 220 (3.0%) of the country's 7,383 state legislative seats were up for election.

See also: State legislative elections, 2013 and State senate elections, 2013

By the numbers

Number of seats in all 50 houses: 5,411
Number of seats in the two houses with November 2013 elections: 180
Number of seats up for election in the two houses with November 2013 elections: 180
 % of total (all 50 states) houses seats up for election in 2013: 3.3%
Number of houses with a November 2013 election with a current Democratic majority: 1 (New Jersey}
Number of houses with a November 2013 election with a current Republican majority: 1 (Virginia)


New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Heading into the November 5 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the New Jersey General Assembly. The party lost one seat but gained another to remain the majority party after the 2013 election:


New Jersey General Assembly
Party As of November 4, 2013 After the 2013 Election
     Democratic Party 48 48
     Republican Party 32 32
Total 80 80

Candidates unopposed by a major party

2013 Competitiveness Overview
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Primary competition (state comparison)
Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2013
Incumbents defeatedVictorious challengers
Primary competitiveness
Major party challengers (state comparison)
List of candidates with no competition
Open seats (state comparisons)
Long-serving senatorsLong-serving reps
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Comparisons Between Years
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Competitiveness Studies from Other Years
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There were no candidates facing no competition in the November 5 general election and who were thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, be guaranteed re-election in November. In one district, the major party candidates are opposed by only third party challengers.

Primary challenges
Eleven incumbents faced competition in the June 4 primary. All eleven of those incumbents defeated their primary challengers.

Retiring incumbents
Five incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 75 (93.8%) ran for re-election.

Note: Assemblywoman Connie Terranova Wagner (D) withdrew from election on June 11, citing family reasons.[1]

Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Heading into the November 5 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Virginia House of Delegates. The party gained two seats and remained the majority party after the 2013 election:


Virginia House of Delegates
Party As of November 4, 2013 After the 2013 Election
     Democratic Party 32 33
     Republican Party 65 67
     Independent 1 0
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 100 100


Candidates unopposed by a major party

2013 Competitiveness Overview
Competitiveness2013.jpg
Primary competition (state comparison)
Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2013
Incumbents defeatedVictorious challengers
Primary competitiveness
Major party challengers (state comparison)
List of candidates with no competition
Open seats (state comparisons)
Long-serving senatorsLong-serving reps
Star bookmark.png   Chart Comparing 2013 Results   Star bookmark.png
Comparisons Between Years
Competitiveness IndexAbsolute Index
2013 State Legislative Elections
Competitiveness Studies from Other Years
200720092010201120122014

Fifty-six candidates (56%) faced no competition in the November 5 general election and were thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

  • 22 Democratic candidates faced no November challenger.
  • 34 Republican candidates faced no November challenger

Primary challenges

Seven incumbents faced competition in the June 11 primary. Two of those incumbents were defeated by their primary challenger.

Retiring incumbents

Nine incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 91 (91%) ran for re-election. Of the nine incumbents who did not run for re-election, two were Democrats, six were Republicans and one was an independent.

Note: John Cosgrove won a special election to a Virginia State Senate seat and withdrew from the race for House District 78. His departure triggered a new filing period for candidates and allowed Leftwich to enter the race.[2][3][4]


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