Median Activity of House General Election Candidates
1996 1994 1992 1990 1988
Number of Number of Number of Number of Number of
Candidates Receipts Disbursements Candidates Receipts Disbursements Candidates Receipts Disbursements Candidates Receipts Disbursements Candidates Receipts Disbursements
Democrats
Incumbents 170 $523,020 $471,566 226 $534,172 $501,155 213 $488,439 $517,594 249 $399,113 $337,300 248 $364,699 $296,524
Challengers 211 $112,694 $112,343 130 $63,092 $60,989 140 $71,532 $71,128 131 $35,054 $33,817 154 $44,341 $43,784
Open Seats 53 $609,190 $604,865 47 $514,543 $514,071 74 $416,910 $400,740 31 $476,231 $457,655 27 $430,248 $392,791
Republicans
Incumbents 213 $700,220 $610,166 157 $473,192 $416,080 138 $475,713 $479,152 159 $410,468 $373,388 164 $392,700 $337,283
Challengers 172 $80,754 $77,887 217 $115,999 $114,884 216 $83,519 $82,837 205 $24,863 $26,230 194 $29,399 $28,948
Open Seats 51 $609,524 $591,536 47 $581,634 $580,409 70 $427,520 $420,800 29 $469,551 $466,259 26 $470,835 $463,191
Number of House Nonincumbents Who
Reported receipts of at least $100,000
1996 1994 1992 1990 1988
Percent of Percent of Percent of Percent of Percent of
Number Category Number Category Number Category Number Category Number Category
Dem Chl 108 51.18% 52 40.00% 60 42.86% 39 29.77% 55 35.71%
Dem Open 49 92.45% 46 97.87% 73 98.65% 27 87.10% 24 88.89%
Rep Chl 79 45.93% 117 53.92% 100 46.30% 61 29.76% 57 29.38%
Rep Open 47 92.16% 46 97.87% 57 81.43% 24 82.76% 21 80.77%
Reported receipts of at least $200,000
1996 1994 1992 1990 1988
Percent of Percent of Percent of Percent of Percent of
Number Category Number Category Number Category Number Category Number Category
Dem Chl 84 39.81% 39 30.00% 47 33.57% 24 18.32% 38 24.68%
Dem Open 48 90.57% 44 93.62% 70 94.59% 27 87.10% 22 81.48%
Rep Chl 60 34.88% 92 42.40% 67 31.02% 38 18.54% 34 17.53%
Rep Open 45 88.24% 46 97.87% 50 71.43% 23 79.31% 20 76.92%
Reported receipts of at least $400,000
1996 1994 1992 1990 1988
Percent of Percent of Percent of Percent of Percent of
Number Category Number Category Number Category Number Category Number Category
Dem Chl 61 28.91% 21 16.15% 17 12.14% 9 6.87% 17 11.04%
Dem Open 44 83.02% 35 74.47% 40 54.05% 22 70.97% 14 51.85%
Rep Chl 36 20.93% 53 24.42% 25 11.57% 20 9.76% 10 5.15%
Rep Open 41 80.39% 36 76.60% 37 52.86% 16 55.17% 17 65.38%
Total Number of Incumbents Seeking Reelection
and Number of Open Seat Districts
1996 1994 1992 1990 1988
No. of Incumbents 389 393 371 409 413
No. of Open Seats 51 47 75 30 27