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Monday, August 07, 2006

LA: Filing To Commence This Week

Posted by RBH

I counted the number of contested seats and the current numbers are 419 Democrats and 384 Republicans (for 428 seats, excluding Louisiana's seats). Other counts may differ slightly. But here's the info on Louisiana's filing, which will occur this week.

Qualifying Dates and Information

Qualifying for Congressional Primary Election scheduled November 7, 2006:
U.S. Representatives, Districts 1-7

Candidates for the above-captioned offices will qualify with the Secretary of State beginning on:
August 9, 2006 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
August 10, 2006 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
August 11, 2006 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Barring any sudden change in state policy, the requirements in Louisiana are either $600, and $300 to the party, or 1,000 signatures

When it comes to races, Louisiana isn't expected to have any pickup opportunities. But, since this is Louisiana, sudden changes in fate may occur. William Jefferson may recieve some serious competition from within the Democratic party. Barring any changes in status, Democratic challengers in Louisiana include Stacey Tallitsch in LA-01, Artis Cash in LA-04, and Mike Stagg in LA-07. Alexander (LA-05) and Baker (LA-06) did recieve competition in 2004, but they're not likely to recieve serious competition.

When it comes to a full slate, it's surprisingly likely. In the other 10 Southern states, Democrats filed in 118 of 124 districts with full slates in 5 of those states. In 2004, Democrats had candidates in 101 of those 124 districts.

Expect an overview for the primaries tomorrow sometime either tonight, or tomorrow. It'll be big, and not just because of the Lieberman race.

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Although with the re-re-redistricting in Texas, I could just subtract those 5 districts from the "official board", which would reduce the number of contested districts by Democrats down to 414 in 423 seats, and contested districts by Republicans down to 381 in 423 seats.

Places where Republicans didn't contest a seat: Alabama (2), California (7), Florida (5), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Maryland (2), Massachusetts (7), Michigan (2), New Jersey (2), New York (5), North Carolina (1), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (1), Texas (5), Virginia (1)

If I checked harder, i'd figure out how many of those districts had Kerry winning by 50 points. Although I think the Republicans aren't contesting some districts that Bush won.

Then again, this isn't 2004. ;)

Posted by: RBH [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 04:14 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Use the Petition link on the Stacey Tallitsch left nav column to get to 8 different petitions that allow you to write to your own Senators and Representative on the topic in that petition.

In a few day or so we'll have all of Stacey's audio up on a new page, including the commercials he's running on Air America down in New Orleans.

He's the most progessive Candidate I've ever represented.

And yes I am on staff in that campaign.

Posted by: Stuart O'Neill [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 08:20 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

jefferson has got competition in la-02. some state senator(d)


Posted by: yomoma2424 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 09:27 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

What about the third district where Charlie Melancon won by just 717 votes in 2004? One
site rates this Lean Republican, the only Dem
held seat to get this rating.

Is this a tough race?

Posted by: mikeel [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 11:47 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Could be. But then again, this isn't a good year for Republicans, Melancon actually won the areas of the district not directly hit by Katrina, and Melancon has also done pretty well at grilling FEMA. So, he's in a good spot, for being a freshman.

Posted by: RBH [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 11:53 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment