California has the most competitive state races in the country, according to an analysis released by Ballotpedia today.
The third annual State Legislative Electoral Competiveness Index looks at whether an incumbent is running for re-election; whether that incumbent had a primary election challenge; and whether there are two major party candidates in the general election showdown.
The Ballotpedia analysis found California’s incumbents will face a primary opponent in nearly 36 percent of the races.
In the Coachella Valley, voters will weigh in on two state races this year:
– In the new 42nd Assembly District, Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande faces Democrat Mark Orozco, a Beaumont Unified school board member.
– Democratic Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez faces Republican Corky Reynaga-Emett, an insurance broker from Indio.
Not one of the candidates had a primary election opponent.
Nationwide, Ballotpedia found Michigan, New Hampshire, Idaho and Nebraska round out the top 5 list of competitive state elections. The least competitive races were found in Massachusetts, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Delaware.