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State legislatures compared by extent of electoral competitiveness in 2011

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2011 Competitiveness Overview
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Primary competition (state comparison)
Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2011
Incumbents defeatedVictorious challengers
Primary competitiveness
Major party challengers (state comparison)
List of candidates with no competition
Open seats (state comparisons)
Impact of term limits on # of open seats
Long-serving senatorsLong-serving reps
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Chart Comparing 2011 ResultsComparisons Between Years
Competitiveness IndexAbsolute Index
2011 State Legislative Elections
Competitiveness Studies from Other Years
2007200920102012
This chart captures the ranking that a state legislature received on all three factors in this Election Competitiveness Index.
  • The first column, "Primary Contests," ranks states against each other based on the percentage of incumbents who had a primary challenger.
  • The second column, "Major Party Competition," ranks states against each other based on the percentage of major party candidates on the general election ballot with a major party challenger.
  • The third column, "Open Seats," contrasts states based on the percentage of incumbents who ran for re-election in 2011.
  • The fourth column is an arithmetical average of the state's scores on the all three factors.

States compared by electoral competitiveness

Legend:      States with state legislative term limits

Note on ranking system: In each case, 1 represents the most electorally competitive environment, and 4 represents the least electorally competitive environment. (4 is the highest relevant number in 2011, because there are state legislative elections in 4 states in 2011.)

State legislature Primary contests Major party competition Open seats Overall rank
Louisiana 1 2 1 1
Mississippi 2 3 3 3
New Jersey 3 1 2 2
Virginia 4 4 4 4

See also