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1.4.2 Contested Elections in MA
Why is this important?

In communities with high levels of civic engagement, it is typical to have elections in which well-qualified candidates run hotly contested races, and large numbers of registered voters cast ballots. A low rate of contested elections can reflect high levels of satisfaction with current elected officials or a lack of interest in politics. Additionally, the high cost of mounting a competitive election deters many would-be challengers.

How are we doing?

In 2010—the last state-wide election—36 of 40 Senate seats and 88 of 160 Representative seats engaged in a contested battle between at least two candidates.   This is a dramatic increase over 2008 when only 10 Senate seats and 42 Representative seats were in contested elections—the lowest overall rate in the past decade.


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