By Geoff Pallay | Ballotpedia
MADISON, Wisconsin: More than 50% of incumbents running for re-election in 2011 face no primary or general election competition in this year’s state legislative elections, according to a new Ballotpedia study on competitiveness.
A total of 578 seats will be up for election in October/November 2011. Three states — Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia hold elections on November 8. Louisiana, with its blanket primary system — uses both October 22 and November 19 as election dates.
Last year, Ballotpedia staff conducted our first-ever study on state legislative electoral competitiveness. The atmosphere of federal and gubernatorial elections in 2010 was marked by a competitive fire — one that our study showed did not trickle down to the state legislative level.
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