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Revision as of 16:35, 26 September 2010

By Geoff Pallay and Leslie Graves

Legend


     Indicates a state with
state legislative term limits

State Senate at stake Open senate House at stake Open house Total open  % open Rank
Alabama 35 7 105 13 20 14.3% 21
Alaska 10 1 40 4 5 10.0% 34
Arizona 30 15 60 25 40 44.4% 43
Arkansas 17 13 100 40 53 45.3% 44
California 20 10 80 28 38 38 40
Colorado 19 6 65 14 20 23.8 12
Connecticut 36 4 151 15 19 10.2% 33
Delaware 11 0 41 5 5 9.6% 35
Florida 23 13 120 33 46 32.2% 38
Georgia 56 11 180 27 38 16.1% 19
Hawaii 13 2 51 5 7 10.9% 31
Idaho 35 1 70 8 9 8.6% 40
Illinois 21 1 118 10 11 7.9% 43
Indiana 25 3 100 7 10 8.0% 42
Iowa 25 3 100 14 17 13.6% 22
Kansas NA NA 125 10 10 8.0% 42
Kentucky 19 2 100 5 7 5.9% 44
Maine 35 10 151 34 44 23.7% 13
Maryland 47 3 141 22 25 13.3% 23
Massachusetts 40 8 160 24 32 16.0% 20
Michigan 38 29 110 51 80 54.1% 46
Minnesota 67 9 134 15 24 11.9% 27
Missouri 17 10 163 63 73 40.6%
Montana 26 17 100 33 50 39.7%
Nebraska 24 3 NA NA 3 12.5% 24
Nevada 11 8 42 19 27 50.9%
New Hampshire 24 4 400 98 102 24.1% 11
New Mexico NA NA 70 3 3 4.3% 46
New York 62 6 150 19 25 11.8% 28
North Carolina 50 8 120 10 18 10.6% 32
North Dakota 24 4 48 12 16 22.2% 14
Ohio 17 9 99 22 31 26.7%
Oklahoma 24 8 101 14 22 17.6% 18
Oregon 16 2 60 5 7 9.2% 37
Pennsylvania 25 3 203 18 21 9.2% 37
Rhode Island 38 3 75 10 13 11.5% 29
South Carolina NA NA 124 11 11 8.9% 38
South Dakota 35 13 70 21 34 32.4%
Tennessee 17 2 99 8 10 8.6% 40
Texas 16 1 150 7 8 4.8% 45
Utah 15 1 75 9 10 11.1% 30
Vermont 30 5 150 17 22 12.2% 25
Washington 25 5 98 17 22 17.9% 17
West Virginia 17 3 l00 11 14 12.0% 26
Wisconsin 17 3 99 20 23 19.9% 16
Wyoming 15 4 60 11 15 20.0% 15
Totals:  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?

Term limits

There are 15 term limited states. Only Louisiana is not holding elections in 2010. Of the 14 term-limited states holding elections, 35.13% of all seats are open. In non-term limited states, that number plummets to 12.90%.

The discrepancy is largest in the Senate. In term limited states, 48.81% of seats are open. However, that number plummets to only 13.24% for states without term limits. That means 721 of the 831 Senators are running for re-election in states without term limits.

See also

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