Incumbents with no primary or general election challengers in the 2011 state legislative elections
|2011 Competitiveness Overview|
| Primary competition (state comparison) |
| Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2011 |
Incumbents defeated • Victorious challengers •
|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 senators • Long-serving reps
|Chart Comparing 2011 Results|
|Chart Comparing 2011 Results • Comparisons Between Years|
|Competitiveness Index • Absolute Index|
|2011 State Legislative Elections|
|Competitiveness Studies from Other Years|
|2007 • 2009 • 2010 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014|
There were 578 seats in four states with a general election in 2011. We took a look at each of the states to see how many state legislative incumbents had no primary or general election challenge in 2011.
Our main findings:
- The incumbent chose to run for re-election in 473 (81.8%) of the 578 districts holding state legislative elections in 2011.
- In 236 (49.9%) of those 473 districts, the incumbent faced no challenger in the primary or general election.
The ranking of the four states based on percentage of open seats is as follows:
- New Jersey
Because only four states held elections in 2011, the sample size is small when conducting analysis. It is therefore helpful to compare the states holding elections in 2011 to the 46 states that held elections in 2010. Here is how the four states would have ranked in 2010, based on the percentage of incumbents without opposition.
- New Jersey: 1st
- Louisiana: 43rd
- Virginia: 45th
- Mississippi: 47th
States compared by primary and general competition
The state that is least competitive as defined by the % of its seats where the incumbent did not have any opposition in 2011 is defined as #4, while the state that is most competitive as defined by the % of its seats where the incumbent did have opposition is defined as #1; that is, 1 = "most competitive", 4 = "least competitive".
|State||Senate at stake||Incumbents w/o opposition||House at stake||Incumbents w/o opposition||% w/o opposition||Rank|
- State legislative elections, 2011
- Impact of term limits on state legislative elections in 2011
- 2011 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index
- Open seats in the 2011 state legislative elections
- Major party candidates with major party competition in the November 2011 state legislative elections