State legislative elections, 2013

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2013 State Legislative Elections

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In the 50 states, there are 99 state legislative chambers altogether, and 3 of the 99 chambers will hold state legislative elections on November 5, 2013.

The 3 chambers with elections in 2013 are in 2 states. They are:

Louisiana and Mississippi also typically hold elections in odd years. However, legislators are elected to 4-year terms in those states and those will not be up for election again until 2015.

40 of the country's 1,972 state senate seats are up for re-election in November 2013, and 180 of the country's 5,411 state house seats are up for re-election. Altogether, 220 of the country's 7,383 state legislative seats are up for re-election on November 5, 2013.

Analysis of competitiveness

An overview of the degree of competitiveness of the 2013 state legislative elections was conducted that examined three competitiveness factors:

Green check mark transparent.png 15 incumbents faced a primary challenger in 2013.
Green check mark transparent.png 191 incumbents (92.7%) running for re-election in 2013 had no primary challenger.
Green check mark transparent.png Since 206 incumbents ran for re-election in 2013, that means that only 7.3% of incumbents faced a primary challenger.
Green check mark transparent.png 58 major party candidates (26.4%) have no major party challenger on November 5.
Green check mark transparent.png In 206 (93.6%) of the 220 seats up for election on November 5, the incumbent ran for re-election.
Green check mark transparent.png In 14 (6.4%) of the 220 seats up for election on November 5, the incumbent did not run for re-election.

New Jersey

Elections will be held in all 40 of New Jersey's senate districts on November 5, 2013.

New Jersey's state senators are elected to a four-year term that begins at noon of the second Tuesday in January.

As of May 13, 2013, Democratic candidates for the state Legislature had raised $15.5 million and spent $11.4 million, while Republicans had raised $7 million and spent $6.2 million. In the 2011 election cycle, Democrats raised $11.4 million and Republicans raised $6.2 million in the same amount of time.[1]


Virginia will not hold any state senate elections in 2013.

Special elections

Across the nation, special elections are frequently conducted to fill vacancies in state legislatures. 27 states use special elections to fill legislative vacancies. In two states, Illinois and Indiana, special elections are used in limited circumstances. 84 special elections (not including runoffs) were scheduled in 23 states. Since these elections are intended to fill unexpected vacancies, more will be scheduled as new vacancies arise.

See also: State legislative special elections, 2013


As of December 2013, six recall efforts to oust state legislators have been attempted. Two recall campaigns, both from Colorado, obtained enough signatures prior to their deadlines to initiate an election. Recall elections for Senators Angela Giron and John Morse were held on September 10, 2013. Both legislators were targeted for recall after passing gun control legislation through means that circumvented any possible voter referendum.[2][3][4]

See also: Political recall efforts

Angela Giron Recall

See also: Angela Giron recall, Colorado State Senate (2013)

Angela Giron was recalled from her position as Senator for District 3 on September 10. George Rivera (R) was selected to succeed her.[5]

Shall Angelo Giron be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 3?
Approveda Recall19,35556.01%
Candidates nominated to succeed Angela Giron should se be recalled:
ApprovedaGeorge Rivera (R) 19,301 88.16%
DefeateddWrite-in 2,592 11.84%

John Morse Recall

See also: John Morse recall, Colorado State Senate (2013)

John Morse was recalled from his position as President of the Colorado State Senate and Senator for District 11 on September 10. Bernie Herpin (R) was selected to succeed him.[6]

Shall John Morse be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 11?
Approveda Recall9,09450.96%
Candidates nominated to succeed John Morse should he be recalled:
ApprovedaBernie Herpin (R) 8,895 83.2%
DefeateddWrite-in 1,796 16.8%

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