Median Activity of House Candidates
Through 20 Days Before the Election
1998 
1996 
1994 
1992 
1990 

Number of 
Number of 
Number of 
Number of 
Number of 

Candidates 
Receipts 
Disbursements 
Candidates 
Receipts 
Disbursements 
Candidates 
Receipts 
Disbursements 
Candidates 
Receipts 
Disbursements 
Candidates 
Receipts 
Disburse 

Democrats 

Incumbents 
193 
$466,349 
$328,468 
171 
$444,286 
$346,332 
226 
$451,089 
$375,448 
213 
$399,900 
$371,900 
249 
$339,800 
$272,002 
Challengers 
131 
$94,559 
$62,590 
195 
$107,922 
$81,593 
113 
$60,478 
$45,904 
145 
$49,715 
$42,504 
131 
$25,702 
$19,692 
Open Seats 
32 
$510,382 
$473,088 
54 
$448,774 
$376,113 
47 
$406,489 
$355,513 
75 
$310,682 
$258,355 
33 
$374,598 
$315,269 
Republicans 

Incumbents 
211 
$552,099 
$425,406 
213 
$609,678 
$434,872 
157 
$425,457 
$292,297 
137 
$386,493 
$345,356 
159 
$363,983 
$281,136 
Challengers 
113 
$172,453 
$117,569 
149 
$98,777 
$75,972 
192 
$118,419 
$103,240 
211 
$62,272 
$61,118 
205 
$21,644 
$19,033 
Open Seats 
29 
$709,127 
$548,795 
49 
$473,853 
$379,810 
46 
$456,342 
$371,779 
72 
$269,898 
$231,881 
29 
$337,059 
$320,247 
Note: includes only candidates who reported raising some money before 20 days prior to the election. 
Number of House Nonincumbents who Reported Receipts of At Least $100,000 Through 20 Days Prior to the Election
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 
62 
47.33% 
100 
47.85% 
50 
44.25% 
51 
35.17% 
30 
22.90% 
50 
32.47% 
Dem Open 
28 
87.50% 
49 
90.74% 
46 
97.87% 
70 
93.33% 
27 
81.82% 
23 
74.19% 
Rep Chl 
62 
54.87% 
73 
41.48% 
102 
53.13% 
88 
41.71% 
55 
26.83% 
47 
24.23% 
Rep Open 
26 
89.66% 
44 
88.00% 
46 
100.00% 
52 
72.22% 
24 
82.76% 
20 
68.97% 
Reported receipts of at least $200,000 

Through 20 Days Prior to the Election 

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 
46 
35.11% 
79 
37.80% 
31 
27.43% 
36 
24.83% 
19 
14.50% 
30 
19.48% 
Dem Open 
28 
87.50% 
46 
85.19% 
42 
89.36% 
58 
77.33% 
27 
81.82% 
18 
58.06% 
Rep Chl 
53 
46.90% 
51 
28.98% 
71 
36.98% 
43 
20.38% 
29 
14.15% 
22 
11.34% 
Rep Open 
25 
86.21% 
43 
86.00% 
45 
97.83% 
40 
55.56% 
22 
75.83% 
17 
58.62% 
Total Number of Incumbents Seeking Reelection 

and Number of Open Seat Districts 

1998 
1996 
1994 
1992 
1990 
1988 

No. of Incumbents 
402 
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.) 