Open seats in the 2010 state legislative elections
|2010 Competitiveness Overview|
| Primary competition (state comparison) |
| Incumbents with no primary challenge in 2010 |
Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2010
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 2011 Results • Comparisons Between Years |
• Party differences
|2010 State Legislative Elections|
|Competitiveness Studies from Other Years|
|2007 • 2009 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014|
There are 6,125 state legislative districts with a seat up for election on November 2, 2010, in 46 states. We took a look at each of the 46 states to see how many state legislative incumbents chose to run for re-election in 2010.
Our overall finding is that after adjusting for term limited state legislators, 86.6% of the incumbents who were legally able to run again in 2010 chose to run again.
In 4,985 (81.4%) of the 6,125 seats up for election on November 2, the incumbent is running for re-election.
In 1,140 (18.6%) of the 6,125 seats up for election on November 2, the incumbent is not running for re-election.
- 375 incumbents, in 14 states, are not running because they are not allowed to, due to state legislative term limits in their state.
- Alternatively, of the 6,125 legislative seats up for election in 2010, 5,750 incumbents could, legally, have run again in 2010.
- Of those 5,750 seats, 770 incumbents, or 13.4%, who could have run again in 2010 chose not to.
States compared by open seats
The state that is least competitive as defined by the % of its seats where the incumbent is not running for re-election in 2010 is defined as #46, while the state that is most competitive as defined by the % of its seats where the incumbent is not running for re-election is defined as #; that is, 1 = "most competitive", 46 = "least competitive".
|State||Senate at stake||Open senate||House at stake||Open house||Total open||% open||Rank|
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.
- State legislative elections, 2010
- Impact of term limits on state legislative elections in 2010
- Ballotpedia:Competitiveness analysis and partisan impact
- 2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index
- Seats with unchallenged incumbents in the 2010 state legislative primaries
- Major party candidates with no major party challengers in the November 2010 state legislative elections