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If the 2014 primary season was World Cup soccer, it might be described as a lot of action but few goals. The Republican primaries have been enlivened by "Tea Party" versus GOP establishment contests in a number of states and districts. But more than halfway through this year's primaries, the total of congressional and gubernatorial casualties has been small - no governors, no senators and just two representatives have lost. The number of incumbent primary defeats will have to increase significantly in the contests to come to match the 2010 totals. Then, there were losses at all of these levels, with four representatives, three senators and a governor losing their bids for renomination.
How to: Voting & Elections Collection offers a number of ways in which researchers can view data on incumbents in general elections. To access the query, click on “Compare Data” on the homepage and select the “Incumbent Races” option. From there races can be found by Congress number or in a specific date range for U.S. House, U.S. Senate, president, and gubernatorial elections. The result will indicate how many incumbents ran from each party and what the win/loss record was. Clicking on the data points will reveal the underlying candidates by name.
A cottage industry has sprung up over the years on the topic of America’s “vanishing voters.” This year’s primary turnouts provide more grist for the discussion, as participation has dropped through the end of June by more than 3 million votes from 2010. That represents a falloff from four years ago of roughly 15%. Primary turnout is up from 2010 in a small, far-flung array of states that have had Senate primaries this year for open seats – Nebraska and West Virginia – as well as Montana, which has a recently appointed senator, and North Carolina, which features an embattled freshman senator. Elsewhere, the number of ballots cast in this year’s primaries is down from 2010, often by a significant amount.
No one saw this one coming. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was expected to cruise to renomination in the GOP primary in Virginia’s 7th District June 10. Instead, he became the first House majority leader to be defeated in a primary since the position was established in 1899. The vote was not even close. Cantor’s little-known challenger, Randolph-Macon economics professor David Brat, overwhelmed the powerful incumbent by a margin of better than 10 percentage points. Democrats and independents were able to vote in the GOP primary as well as Republicans, but few observers blame the open nature of the contest for the majority leader’s defeat.
How to: Voting & Elections Collection includes U.S. House primary election results for major parties dating back to the 1994 election (in addition to primary results for other offices that go back further). To find the data, click on “Election Results” on the homepage, enter the office and any other relevant information relevant to your query and click “Search”.