Incumbents with no primary or general election challengers in the 2013 state legislative elections

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2013 Competitiveness Overview
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Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2013
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There are 220 seats in two states with a general election in 2013. We took a look at each of the states to see how many state legislative incumbents had no primary or general election challenge in 2013.

Our main findings:

  • The incumbent chose to run for re-election in 206 (93.6%) of the 220 seats with state legislative elections in 2013.
  • In 50 (24.3%) of those 206 seats, the incumbent faced no challenger in the primary or general election.

States compared by primary and general competition

State Senate at stake Incumbents w/o opposition House at stake Incumbents w/o opposition  % w/o opposition
New Jersey 40 1 80 0 0.8%
Virginia -- -- 100 49 49%

Comparison to 2011

See also: Incumbents with no primary or general election challengers in the 2011 state legislative elections
State Senate at stake Incumbents w/o opposition House at stake Incumbents w/o opposition  % w/o opposition
Louisiana 39 18 105 48 45.8%
Mississippi 52 22 122 75 54.8%
New Jersey 40 0 80 0 0%
Virginia 40 14 100 59 52.1%

See also