Wisconsin sees fewest US House candidates since 2012 – Ballotpedia News

The deadline to file candidates for Congress from Wisconsin this year was June 1, 2022. Twenty-two candidates are running for Wisconsin’s eight U.S. House districts, including nine Democrats and 13 Republicans. This makes 2.75 candidates per constituency, less than the 2.88 candidates per constituency in 2020 and the 3.13 in 2018.

Here are some other highlights from this year’s filings:

  1. This is the first election to be held under new district lines after the 2020 census. Wisconsin was assigned eight districts, the same number it was assigned after the 2010 census.
  2. The 22 candidates running this year are the fewest candidates for U.S. House seats from Wisconsin since 2012, when 20 candidates ran. Twenty-three candidates presented themselves in 2020, 25 in 2018, 23 in 2016 and 27 in 2014.
  1. A district – the 3rd – is open. That’s the same number of open seats as every other election cycle in the past decade.
  2. Rep. Ron Kind (D), the 3rd District incumbent, is retiring.
  3. Five candidates — four Democrats and one Republican — are running to replace Kind, the most candidates for a seat this year.
  4. There are six contested primaries this year – one Democrat and five Republican. This is the same number as in 2020 and 2018 and two less than in 2016 and 2014.
  5. Four incumbents — two Democrats and two Republicans — face no primary challenger.
  6. Two districts – the 6th and 8th – are guaranteed to Republicans because no Democrats voted.

Wisconsin and three other states – Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont – hold primary elections on August 9, 2022. The winners of Wisconsin’s primary elections are determined by plurality voting, which means the candidate with the highest number of votes wins even if he or she did not obtain an absolute majority of the votes cast.

Further reading:

List of incumbents of the United States Congress who are not running for office in 2022

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