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97 Percent of Congresspeople Running for Re-election in 2016 Successful

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) walks to his office following a procedural vote on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol March 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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When the Constitution was drafted, it was expected that congressional turnover would be about 50 percent each year. And it was fairly high throughout the 19th century. But, as the results from 2016 show, incumbent politicians in the 21st century have a pretty high level of job security.

In 2017, state legislative races will be held in New Jersey and Virginia. Of the 360 candidates, 309 have no primary challenger. Still, this 14.2 percent rate of primary challenges is up from 8.9 percent four years ago. Few incumbents are expected to lose in the general elections.

Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day is published by Ballotpedia. Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology.

Scott Rasmussen is a Senior Fellow for the Study of Self-Governance at the King’s College in New York and an Editor-At-Large for Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics. His most recent book, "Politics Has Failed: America Will Not," was published by the Sutherland Institute in May.To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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