2022 will have the most contested Republican state legislative primaries in at least eight years – Ballotpedia News
The deadline for submitting candidates for state or federal office in 2022 in Texas was December 13, 2021. State Legislative Elections will be held in all 31 Texas State Senate districts and all 151 districts. of the Texas House of Representatives. A total of 461 candidates filed for these 181 constituencies, including 269 Republicans, 192 Democrats and one independent. This equates to 2.55 candidates per constituency, compared to 2.32 candidates per constituency in 2020 and 2.50 in 2018.
Here are some other highlights from this year’s filings:
- Thirty-one of the 181 electoral districts (17.1%) are open, which means that no incumbent is standing. This is the highest percentage of open seats in a Texas legislative election cycle since at least 2014. The second highest was 10.2% in 2016.
- Seventy-five percent (265) of the 362 possible Democratic or Republican primaries are uncontested, either because only one candidate filed or because no candidate filed, the second lowest percentage since at least 2014. The only year with fewer uncontested primaries was 2018, when 236 of a possible 330 primaries (71.5%) went uncontested. In 2020, there were 261 uncontested primaries out of a total of 332, or 78.6%.
- Forty-four percent (79) of the 181 seats up for election are likely guaranteed to one of the two major political parties. Republicans are likely to win at least 49 seats – eight in the Senate and 41 in the House – as no Democrats ran for them. Democrats are likely to win at least 30 seats — three in the Senate and 27 in the House — since no Republicans have filed. In 2020, there were 32 seats guaranteed to Democrats and 27 guaranteed to Republicans because no candidate from the other party had run. In 2018, 38 seats were guaranteed to Democrats and 19 to Republicans.
The Texas state legislative primaries are the first in the nation, on March 1, 2022. Candidates need at least 50% of the vote to win the primary; in the event that no candidate wins a majority of votes, the top two will advance to a run-off on May 24.