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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to write a race background section of an election article.
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The race background section of an election article gives useful information about the context of a race. This may include information about competitiveness, candidates, debates, hot-button issues, endorsements, etc. The election history, however, is its own section.

The structure of most race background sections will be dictated by the information available. Summarize key issues and facts, and be sure to use references to cite sources.


One key piece of information about an election is whether it's considered competitive. Often, news sources will publish some of the top swing districts in a state or nationwide. Also, certain political analysis organizations publish race ratings, updated on a regular basis. Two of these ratings organizations are:

For an example of competitiveness ratings included in a race background, see Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012#Race background.


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