Uncontested: The 36 House Districts With Only One Major Party on the Ballot

As this year's primaries (view results by state) draw to a close, we count 36 U.S. House races where only one of the two major parties will be on the ballot. 24 of these are held by Republicans, 12 by Democrats.

17 incumbents have no opponent. In 13 other districts, opposition is from a 3rd party or independent candidate. Finally, in six California districts, Democrats won both positions in the top-two primary. 

Looking back to similar races across the last two cycles, this year's total of 36 is in the middle. In 2018, there were 42 such races; that number declined to 27 in 2020.

Totally Unopposed

There are 17 incumbents - 14 Republicans and three Democrats - that have the ballot all to themselves. Their only opposition would be via write-in, where allowed.

In 2020, this number was 11, split more evenly with six Republicans and five Democrats.

District   Incumbent District   Incumbent
AZ-08 Debbie Lesko PA-15 Glenn Thompson
AZ-09 Paul Gosar SC-03 Jeff Duncan 
FL-05 John Rutherford SC-04 William Timmons
IL-07 Danny Davis TX-06 Jake Ellzey
LA-04 Mike Johnson TX-11 August Pfluger
MA-04 Jake Auchincloss TX-25 Roger Williams 
NY-13 Adriano Espaillat TX-31 John Carter
PA-13 John Joyce, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg John Joyce WI-06 Glenn Grothman
PA-14 Guy Reschenthaler      

No Major Party Opposition

13 incumbents - 10 Republicans and three Democrats - face 3rd party or independent opponents. This list has grown from eight in 2020.

District   Incumbent District   Incumbent
AL-01 Jerry Carl NY-09 Yvette Clarke
AL-06 Gary Palmer PA-03 Dwight Evans
CA-10 Mark DeSaulnier SD-AL Dusty Johnson
FL-06 Michael Waltz TX-19 Jodey Arrington
FL-18 Scott Franklin TX-26 Michael Burgess
LA-061 Garret Graves WI-08 Mike Gallagher
ND-AL Kelly Armstrong      

1Not a perfect fit for the list, as there is a second Republican on the ballot in this all-party primary. Should Graves fail to get a majority of the vote, there will be a top-two runoff. In that scenario, if the other Republican also advances, this election will move to the 'Same Party Opposition' list.

Same Party Opposition

California and Washington hold top-two primaries, where all candidates, regardless of party, appear on a single ballot. The two highest finishers go on to the general election.  Six districts - all in California - advanced two Democrats. 

In 2020, there were eight such districts, seven in California and one in Washington. 

District   Incumbent  District    Incumbent
CA-152 Jackie Speier CA-30 Adam Schiff
CA-16 Anna Eshoo CA-34 Jimmy Gomez
CA-29 Tony Cardenas CA-372 Karen Bass

2Incumbents - based on where they likely would have run after redistricting - are retiring from the House. 

Correction: The original article did not include PA-13 Rep. John Joyce as unopposed on the ballot. He has been added, with the total counts of unopposed House members updated through the article, as applicable.

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