Legislators occupying nearly one out of every four seats are unopposed for re-election. Slightly more incumbent legislators face primary challengers.
A total of 41 incumbent legislators (23 R, 18 D) have no known opponents, and another 12 (5 R, 7 D) face no major-party challengers. Another 45 incumbent legislators (33 R, 12 D) face contested primary elections. These figures are based on the latest available compilations of candidate filings posted by the Secretary of State’s office and minor parties’ websites. Parties were required by statute to submit their certified candidate lists to the Secretary of State yesterday (Tuesday), and those lists were required to be posted by the Secretary of State today (Wednesday).
Only Republican and Democratic primary candidate filings were published by the Secretary of State on its website, as far as we can tell. The Libertarian and Green Parties nominate by convention, and their candidate lists typically do not get posted by the Secretary of State until after their conventions. As such, our understanding of their candidates may yet change. Also included in the analysis is the list of candidates who filed their declarations of intent to run as independents, of which few will actually complete the process of qualifying for the ballot. Keep in mind that the filing period for certified write-in candidates does not occur until July, potentially giving some unopposed candidates an opponent right before the general election.
Our Crib Sheets have the latest information. Our standard views now show only filed candidates. Below, we list incumbents who have no known opponents, only minor party or independent opposition, or who have primary opponents. If they have more than one primary opponent, the number of opponents is shown in parentheses.
Incumbents with No Known Opponents
Statewide: Mary Lou Keel
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