State legislative elections, 2013
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The three chambers with elections in 2013 were in two states. They were:
A total of 40 of the country's 1,972 state senate seats were up for re-election in November 2013, and 180 of the country's 5,411 state house seats were up for re-election. Altogether, 220 of the country's 7,383 state legislative seats were up for re-election on November 5, 2013.
|Partisan Balance of All 99 Chambers Before and After 2013 Elections|
Analysis of competitiveness
- 15 incumbents faced a primary challenger in 2013.
- 191 incumbents (92.7%) who ran for re-election in 2013 had no primary challenger.
- Since 205 incumbents ran for re-election in 2013, that means that only 7.3% of incumbents faced a primary challenger.
- Major party candidates with major party competition in the November 2013 state legislative elections
- In 205 (93.2%) of the 220 seats up for election on November 5, the incumbent ran for re-election.
- In 15 (6.8%) of the 220 seats up for election on November 5, the incumbent did not run for re-election.
New Jersey's state senators are elected to a four-year term that begins at noon of the second Tuesday in January.
As of May 13, 2013, Democratic candidates for the state Legislature had raised $15.5 million and spent $11.4 million, while Republicans had raised $7 million and spent $6.2 million. In the 2011 election cycle, Democrats raised $11.4 million and Republicans raised $6.2 million in the same amount of time.
The state legislative races in New Jersey also attracted attention from outside groups, including the Washington, D.C., super PAC the Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security. This super PAC with Democratic affiliations and was founded to prevent Governor Chris Christie (R) from governing with Republican majorities and allowing him to advance a conservative agenda in the state.
Virginia did not hold any state senate elections in 2013.
Virginia's state representatives are elected to a two-year term that begins on the second Wednesday in January after the election.
|Virginia House of Delegates|
|Party||As of November 4, 2013||After the 2013 Election|
Across the nation, special elections are frequently conducted to fill vacancies in state legislatures. 27 states use special elections to fill legislative vacancies. In two states, Illinois and Indiana, special elections are used in limited circumstances. 84 special elections (not including runoffs) were scheduled in 23 states. Since these elections are intended to fill unexpected vacancies, more will be scheduled as new vacancies arise.
As of November 2013, six recall efforts to oust state legislators have been attempted. Two recall campaigns, both from Colorado, obtained enough signatures prior to their deadlines to initiate an election. Recall elections for Senators Angela Giron and John Morse were held on September 10, 2013. Both legislators were targeted for recall after passing gun control legislation through means that circumvented any possible voter referendum.
- See also: Political recall efforts
Angela Giron Recall
|Shall Angelo Giron be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 3?|
|Candidates nominated to succeed Angela Giron should se be recalled:|
|George Rivera (R)||19,301||88.16%|
John Morse Recall
|Shall John Morse be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 11?|
|Candidates nominated to succeed John Morse should he be recalled:|
|Bernie Herpin (R)||8,895||83.2%|
- nj.com, "Fundraising for N.J. legislative candidates spikes," May 13, 2013
- POLITICO, "Democrats eye super PACs for state races," September 22, 2013
- thedenverchannel.com, "Recall efforts underway for lawmakers supporting gun control legislation," May 12, 2013
- blogs.denverpost.com, "In Sen. Angela Giron recall, organizers say they’ll submit more than 13,500 signatures," June 10, 2013
- thisiscommonsense.com, "A Voter Revolt," June 11, 2013
- county.pueblo.org, "2013 Recall Election Results - Unofficial Results," accessed September 10, 2013
- elpasoelections.com, "Election Summary Report - 2013 El Paso County Recall Election - Unofficial Results," accessed September 10, 2013