from Ballot Access News
More States Elected Non-Major Party Nominees to Federal and State Office in 2010 Than in Any Previous Year Since 1922
November 19th, 2010
In the November 2010 election, eleven states elected people to federal or state office who were not nominees of either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. This is the largest number of such states since 1922, when there were fourteen such states.
The eleven states in 2010 are: Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. This assumes that Lisa Murkowski has been elected to the U.S. Senate.
In the 20th and 21st centuries combined, the even-numbered year with the fewest states that elected someone who wasn’t either a Democratic nominee or a Republican nominee to federal or state office was 1954, when South Carolina and Connecticut were the only such states. The year with the most such states was 1914, when there were 24 such states.