There are substantially more independent candidates for state legislature on ballots around the nation this year than in past years. There are 304 independent candidates for the legislature on ballots in the 45 states that are holding partisan legislative elections this year. By contrast, there were 183 in 2008, 148 in 2006, 160 in 2004, and 188 in 2002.
This tally does not include minor party candidates. There are 611 minor party candidates for the legislature on state ballots this year.
In 36.1% of all state legislative elections this year, there is either no Republican nominee, or no Democratic nominee. This lack of competition from the major parties is normal for U.S. state legislative elections.