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Mackenzie Murphy

85 candidates filed for federal and statewide offices last week

Eighty-five people declared candidacies for federal or statewide offices in the past week, two fewer than last week. All of these candidates declared before their state’s official filing deadline.

Thirty-seven of those candidates were Democratic, while 47 were Republican. One is a minor-party candidate.

Seven candidates are running for Congress, 75 for state legislatures, one for a state court of appeals, and two for a lower state executive office. 

Since the beginning of the year, Ballotpedia has identified 2,627 declared candidates for federal and statewide offices. At this time in 2021, Ballotpedia had identified 2,783 declared candidates for 2022, 2023, and 2024 races.

An official candidate is someone who registers with a federal or state campaign finance agency before the candidate filing deadline or appears on candidate lists released by government election agencies. A declared candidate is someone who has not completed the steps to become an official candidate but who might have done one or more of the following:

  • Appeared in candidate forums or debates
  • Published a campaign website
  • Published campaign social media pages
  • Advertised online, on television, or through print
  • Issued press releases
  • Interviewed with media publications

For more on Ballotpedia’s definition of candidacy, click here.

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