2007 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

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By Geoff Pallay, Kevin Diana and Andrew Maloney

578 of the country's 7,384 state legislative seats were up for election in the November 6, 2007 elections.

The following states held elections.

This article is an overview of our analysis of the degree of competitiveness in 2007's state legislative elections. The analysis utilized this 3-factor "Competitiveness Index".

Using our 3-factor "Competitiveness Index", we've contrasted three states that held elections.

Note: Louisiana was excluded from this study due to stark differences from the other states in regards to how legislators are elected.

Overall comparisons

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

Open seats

Main article: Open seats in the 2007 state legislative elections

The states as ranked based on have the fewest open seats are: New Jersey, Mississippi, and Virginia.

Primary challenges

Main article: Incumbents with no primary challenger in the 2007 state legislative elections

The states as ranked based on having the most primary challengers are: Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia.

No opposition

Main article: Major party candidates with no major party challengers in the November 2007 state legislative elections

The states as ranked based on fewest no opposition general elections are: New Jersey, Mississippi, and Virginia.