For a blog like ours that focuses on political campaign strategy, this is great news: the Associated Press reports today that a record number of candidates are running for congress this year. More than 2,300 people are running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, which is the most challengers that the Federal Elections Commission has recorded since 1975 when it started keeping track of this kind of thing. Here’s a snippet from their story:
“. . . Riggs is among the 2,341 people who have filed statements of candidacy with the FEC for the 2010 House and Senate elections, compared with 1,717 in 2008 and 1,588 in 2006.
“The tally is still climbing, with more than a dozen states still allowing candidates to file, and the true number of candidates is probably higher, since some ignore requirements to file with the FEC. Close to 40 states still haven’t held their primaries, including nine with primaries in September. The general election is Nov. 2.
“The field is significantly larger than in 1976, two years after the Watergate scandal took down President Richard Nixon, and 1994, the year the GOP took control of Congress for the first time in four decades.
“The next-largest field – of 2,159 candidates – was in 1992, when Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot battled for the White House.”
That’s great news for politics, for our future, and for the people of the United States of America. More political campaign candidates mean more choices for people in every congressional district. It also means that lots of first-time candidates are tossing their hats into the political ring. Killer Campaigning believes that running for office isn’t just for an elite group, and that anyone can put together an effective political campaign if they have passion and are willing to work hard.
Many of these first-time candidates will be successful on election day . . . and many will not. But regardless of who wins, who loses, and what parties you all belong to, we salute everyone who is part of the record-breaking crop of congressional challengers in 2010. Remember: the harder it is to do, the more effective it is on the campaign trail!