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* The first column, "[[Incumbents with no primary challenger in the 2010 state legislative elections|Primary Contests]]", ranks states against each other based on the % of incumbents who had a primary challenger.
 
* The first column, "[[Incumbents with no primary challenger in the 2010 state legislative elections|Primary Contests]]", ranks states against each other based on the % of incumbents who had a primary challenger.
* The second column, "Major Party Competition", ranks states against each other based on the % of major party candidates on the November 2 ballot with a major party challenger.
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* The second column, "[[Major party candidates with major party competition in the November 2010 state legislative elections|Major Party Competition]]", ranks states against each other based on the % of major party candidates on the November 2 ballot with a major party challenger.
 
* The third column, "Open Seats", contrasts states based on the % of incumbents who ran for re-election in 2010.
 
* The third column, "Open Seats", contrasts states based on the % of incumbents who ran for re-election in 2010.
 
* The fourth column is an arithmetical average of the state's scores on the all three factors.
 
* The fourth column is an arithmetical average of the state's scores on the all three factors.

Revision as of 16:56, 27 September 2010

2010 Competitiveness Overview
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Primary competition (state comparison)
Incumbents with no primary challenge in 2010
Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2010
Incumbents defeatedVictorious 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 senatorsLong-serving reps
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Chart Comparing 2011 ResultsComparisons Between Years
Party differences
Competitiveness Index
2010 State Legislative Elections
Competitiveness Studies from Other Years
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This chart captures the ranking that a state legislature received on all three factors in this Election Competitiveness Index.

  • The first column, "Primary Contests", ranks states against each other based on the % of incumbents who had a primary challenger.
  • The second column, "Major Party Competition", ranks states against each other based on the % of major party candidates on the November 2 ballot with a major party challenger.
  • The third column, "Open Seats", contrasts states based on the % of incumbents who ran for re-election in 2010.
  • The fourth column is an arithmetical average of the state's scores on the all three factors.

Note on ranking system: In each case, 1 represents the most electorally competitive environment, and 46 represents the least electorally competitive environment. (46 is the highest relevant number in 2010, because there are state legislative elections in 46 states in 2010.)

State legislature Primary contests Major party competition Open seats Overall rank
Alabama 9 21
Alaska 23 34
Arizona 5 4
Arkansas 41 3
California 37 7
Colorado 45 12
Connecticut 44 33
Delaware 35 35
Florida 19 9
Georgia 16 19
Hawaii 6 31
Idaho 10 40
Illinois 25 43
Indiana 26 42
Iowa 39 22
Kansas 18 42
Kentucky 21 44
Maine 43 13
Maryland 2 23
Massachusetts 38 20
Michigan 13 1
Minnesota 42 27
Missouri 28 5
Montana 30 6
Nebraska 3 24
Nevada 20 2
New Hampshire 1 11
New Mexico 15 46
New York 17 28
North Carolina 11 32
North Dakota 46 14
Ohio 27 10
Oklahoma 29 18
Oregon 32 37
Pennsylvania 31 35
Rhode Island 7 29
South Carolina 14 38
South Dakota 36 8
Tennessee 34 40
Texas 22 45
Utah 8 30
Vermont 40 25
Washington 33 17
West Virginia 4 26
Wisconsin 24 16
Wyoming 12 15

See also