State legislatures compared by extent of electoral competitiveness in 2012
|2012 Competitiveness Overview|
| Primary competition (state comparison) |
| Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2012 |
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 2012 Results|
|Chart Comparing 2012 Results • Comparisons Between Years|
|Competitiveness Index • Absolute Index|
| 2012 State Legislative Elections|
2012 Competitiveness Tracker
|Competitiveness Studies from Other Years|
|2007 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2013 • 2014|
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 2012.
- The fourth column is an arithmetical average of the state's scores on all three factors.
Note: California, Louisiana and Washington employ a top-two primary system. In top-two states, two primary candidates from any party can advance to the general election.
States compared by electoral competitiveness
Note on ranking system: In each case, 1 represents the most electorally competitive environment, and 4 represents the least electorally competitive environment.
|State legislature||Primary contests||Open seats||Major party competition||Overall rank|
- State legislative elections, 2012
- Impact of term limits on state legislative elections in 2012
- 2012 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index
- Incumbents with no primary challenger in the 2012 state legislative elections
- Major party candidates with major party competition in the November 2012 state legislative elections
- Open seats in the 2012 state legislative elections
- On September 14, 2012, Joseph Perkins from CalWatchdog published an article arguing that the top-two system was not explicitly included in Ballotpedia's study. For more read here.