Jul 3, 2018

The challenge of defending open seats

Incumbents have historically crushed elections, re-elected on average 92% of the time in every major election cycle since 2006. Republicans lack an incumbent in more than 40 races this year.

Data: Daily Kos Elections and Federal Election Commission; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Why it matters: Open seats are more likely to flip than those with an incumbent on the ballot. Republicans have more open seats this year than at any point in the last 12 years, which could make them especially vulnerable in November.

  • Wave election years make things even worse for keeping control of an open seat.

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Congress reaches deal for $425M towards election security

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi together in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

Congress has reached a deal allocating $425 million towards revamping election security just in time for the 2020 presidential election.

The big picture: The funding is part of a spending deal set to be passed this week and sent to President Trump's desk. Negotiators have been working out differences between proposals from the Democrat-led House and the GOP-led Senate.

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The ballot box as a battlefield

Mandy Vigil of New Mexico works during a 2020 exercise in Springfield, Va., for state and local election officials. Photo: Alex Brandon/AP.

America's state and local officials are increasingly bringing a battlefield mentality to election security, AP reports.

Why it matters: Election security worries have soared to new levels due to Russian military agents targeting voting systems nationwide.

Go deeperArrowDec 26, 2019

New Georgia voting machines fail to ease worries over election security

Photo: Branden Camp/Getty Images.

New voting machines rolled out in six Georgia counties last month were meant to resolve longstanding issues with the state's election security, but experts say vulnerabilities remain, and Georgia isn't the only state facing the issue.

Why it matters: Officials argue not enough has been done to strengthen election system protections across the country ahead of the 2020 elections. Experts persistently warn of foreign interference, as seen in the 2016 presidential election.

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