At the opening of this thread, there were 1,305 declared candidates for the US-HOR in 2020. Friday, there were 1,548 Today, there are 1,561 The gender distribution among declared candidates has remained completely steady the entire time, at 70% male / 30% female. Exactly two years ago tomorrow, the total number was 1,664. You can see that the margin D-R between the candidates is vastly different this time around vis-a-vis the 2018 mid-term elections. In 2018, the Democratic Party was the party out of power and so, a healthy jump in D-candidates was expected. This time around, with the Republican Party out of power in the HOR, the Ds still have the edge on declared candidates. I reported earlier in this thread that at current, there are 88 D-shut out seats, meaning, 88 seats where the GOP is currently fielding no one. I've combed through the GREEN PAPERS for a number of hours on end and found 57 districts where the nominees from 2018 from both parties are listed as candidates from the same two parties in the same district, therefore opening the possibility, at current, of 57 rematches. Remember, they are just candidates right now, and not nominees, but some of the names on the list were from major marquee races in 2018 that were narrow wins, so they are likely to get a lot of play this time around. I thought you might want to see who those people are: Having the data in this kind of table format is actually quite helpful. For instance, of the 43 D pick-ups and 3 R pickups from 2018, we may be looking at rematches in a total of 11 of them. Also, a couple of excruciatingly close races that went down to the wire may indeed be rematches again, kingpins among them being MN-01 (Dan Feehan re-challenging Jim Hagedorn) and NM-02 (where former Rep. Yvette Herrell is re-challenging Xochitl Torres-Small, who narrowly unseated her in 2019). In CA-50, Ammar Campar-Najjar (who was really smeared because his grandfather was one of the Munich terrorists of 1972, he himself was born after his grandfather died....) is again challenging Duncan Hunter. But Hunter is indicted in a massive financial scandal and may end up in jail before election 2020. Hunter himself is being primaried by former Rep. Darrell Issa, who was elected in CA-49 and not CA-50 and who does not live in CA-50, so ugly accusations of carpetbagging are already flying. Campar-Najjar has $255,000 in his financial warchest, whereas the incumbent has $376,00, which of course will not help him if he and his wife land in jail for misappropriation of campaign funds. So, keep an eye on CA-50 in the CA jungle primaries, all sorts of interesting stuff may happen. In VA-02, which Elaine Luria flipped to team Blue in 2018, the former office-holder, Scott Taylor, wants his job back. Considered a formidable campaigner, he could make this race a barnburner. In TX, which has the most open seats at present, we are at the same time looking at the possibility of 6 rematches (9 races are listed as rematches here, but 3 really are open races). Note: Some of these are listed as OPEN races which means that they actually cannot be rematches, but they are as long as the candidate who has pulled out of the race has not yet officially cancelled or transferred his or her financial paperwork with the FEC, just to explain. Alone in California, we may be looking at 10 rematches. And with 153 seats still out there that are currently shut-outs, this list is bound to grow. The advantage of a challenger trying it again? Name recognition that doesn't have to be built. The disadvantage of a challenger trying it again: Name recognition that doesn't have to be built, if said recognition hurt the campaign the 1st time around. I will be updating this list in November.