Democrats, nonetheless on offense, are fielding candidates in virtually each Home race this yr

This dark-red district within the state’s northeast is bound to remain within the GOP’s palms, however there’s an opportunity the race will not get resolved till a Dec. 5 runoff within the occasion that nobody takes a majority in November. Challengers, in the meantime, filed to run in opposition to incumbents in each different Louisiana Home seat, all of that are held by Republicans besides the 2nd, which is represented by Democrat Cedric Richmond. Because of a GOP-drawn gerrymander, none of those districts will likely be aggressive within the fall.

Whereas some states will still allow independents to qualify for the overall election, the roster of main candidates is now set. Each events have left comparatively few seats uncontested. Republicans is not going to area anybody in 19 races, which is their lowest complete since 2010, once they did not contest simply 5 seats and retook the Home. Democrats, in the meantime, have did not put up candidates in solely eight districts, which follows on the extraordinarily low three seats they left unchallenged final cycle—the fewest for the reason that post-Watergate election of 1974, when the occasion tied its trendy report by leaving only Ohio Rep. Charles Whalen with out an opponent.

As you may see from our list of all 25 uncontested seats—which is mirrored in the map at the top of this post—nearly all are in territory that’s protected for one occasion or the opposite. There’s one exception, although: Republican Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart is assured a 10th time period in Florida’s 26th District, which Donald Trump carried by only a 50-48 margin 4 years in the past. Nonetheless, this space nonetheless usually votes for Republicans downballot, and Díaz-Balart beat a reputable challenger in 2018 60-40, regardless of the blue wave.

One last word: The variety of districts and not using a Republican on the November poll may tick up a bit after subsequent week’s primaries in Washington state. That is as a result of Washington, like California, makes use of a top-two system, the place all candidates from all events run collectively within the main, and the highest two vote-getters no matter occasion advance to the overall election. That is already the case in half a dozen darkish blue California districts this yr, and it may occur once more within the Evergreen State, principally possible within the open 10th District.