Median Activity of House General Election Candidates 

1998 
1996 
1994 
1992 
1990 
1988 

Number of 
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 
Candidates 
Receipts 

Democrats 

Incumbents 
194 
$543,794 
$435,532 
170 
$523,020 
$471,566 
226 
$534,172 
$501,155 
213 
$488,439 
$517,594 
249 
$399,113 
$337,300 
248 
$364,699 
Challengers 
162 
$58,991 
$51,760 
211 
$112,694 
$112,343 
130 
$63,092 
$60,989 
140 
$71,532 
$71,128 
131 
$35,054 
$33,817 
154 
$44,341 
Open Seats 
34 
$665,139 
$651,920 
53 
$609,190 
$604,865 
47 
$514,543 
$514,071 
74 
$416,910 
$400,740 
31 
$476,231 
$457,655 
27 
$430,248 
Republicans 

Incumbents 
211 
$644,432 
$546,599 
213 
$700,220 
$610,166 
157 
$473,192 
$416,080 
138 
$475,713 
$479,152 
159 
$410,468 
$373,388 
164 
$392,700 
Challengers 
149 
$74,338 
$71,534 
172 
$80,754 
$77,887 
217 
$115,999 
$114,884 
216 
$83,519 
$82,837 
205 
$24,863 
$26,230 
194 
$29,399 
Open Seats 
32 
$874,647 
$835,243 
51 
$609,524 
$591,536 
47 
$581,634 
$580,409 
70 
$427,520 
$420,800 
29 
$469,551 
$466,259 
26 
$470,835 
Number of House Nonincumbents Who 

Reported receipts of at least $100,000 

1998 
1996 
1994 
1992 
1990 
1988 

Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 

Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 

Dem Chl 
70 
43.21% 
108 
51.18% 
52 
40.00% 
60 
42.86% 
39 
29.77% 
55 
35.71% 

Dem Open 
31 
91.18% 
49 
92.45% 
46 
97.87% 
73 
98.65% 
27 
87.10% 
24 
88.89% 

Rep Chl 
68 
45.64% 
79 
45.93% 
117 
53.92% 
100 
46.30% 
61 
29.76% 
57 
29.38% 

Rep Open 
26 
81.25% 
47 
92.16% 
46 
97.87% 
57 
81.43% 
24 
82.76% 
21 
80.77% 

Reported receipts of at least $200,000 

1998 
1996 
1994 
1992 
1990 
1988 

Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 

Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 

Dem Chl 
48 
29.63% 
84 
39.81% 
39 
30.00% 
47 
33.57% 
24 
18.32% 
38 
24.68% 

Dem Open 
30 
88.24% 
48 
90.57% 
44 
93.62% 
70 
94.59% 
27 
87.10% 
22 
81.48% 

Rep Chl 
58 
38.93% 
60 
34.88% 
92 
42.40% 
67 
31.02% 
38 
18.54% 
34 
17.53% 

Rep Open 
25 
78.13% 
45 
88.24% 
46 
97.87% 
50 
71.43% 
23 
79.31% 
20 
76.92% 

Reported receipts of at least $400,000 

1998 
1996 
1994 
1992 
1990 
1988 

Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 
Percent of 

Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 
Number 
Category 

Dem Chl 
30 
18.52% 
61 
28.91% 
21 
16.15% 
17 
12.14% 
9 
6.87% 
17 
11.04% 

Dem Open 
25 
73.53% 
44 
83.02% 
35 
74.47% 
40 
54.05% 
22 
70.97% 
14 
51.85% 

Rep Chl 
36 
24.16% 
36 
20.93% 
53 
24.42% 
25 
11.57% 
20 
9.76% 
10 
5.15% 

Rep Open 
25 
78.13% 
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 

1998 
1996 
1994 
1992 
1990 
1988 

No. of Incumbents 
407 
389 
393 
371 
409 
413 

No. of Open Seats 
33 
51 
47 
75 
30 
27 

(The number of incumbents plus open seats does not always equal the total number 

of districts because some districts had two incumbents running in 1992.) 