Report: No One Guarding the House

With congressional primaries getting more crowded, moving on to the general election requires less popular appeal—and fewer votes.

The number of candidates in contested U.S. congressional primaries has grown significantly in just the last few cycles. And findings from an ongoing analysis of the 427 contested congressional primaries since 2009 suggest a negative correlation between the number of candidates vying for nomination and the share of ballots needed to determine a first-place finisher.

For our democracy, this trend risks elevating more radical leadership, intensifying political polarization and ultimately undermining faith in our democratic institutions.

Thanks to the support of generous supporters like you, we dug deep into recent congressional primaries and put together this report where you’ll discover:

  • how crowded primaries are affecting partisan candidate selection
  • how crowded primaries affect the number of votes needed to win
  • how gerrymandering contributes to the issue
  • what this trend means for 2022 midterm elections

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