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campaign

This table includes a single row for almost every campaign in state and federal elections since 2010. It includes the candidate’s name, party affiliation, and incumbency status. It also includes foreign keys to our `district` and `election` tables.
A given candidate might have many entries in this table. For example, as of December 19, 2020, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has four entries. That includes one entry for each of her congressional primaries and general election contests. Each of those entries would share the same candidate_id and district_id, but have unique values for campaign_id and election_id.

Schema

Field
Description
campaign id
Unique ID maintained by Deck representing a specific campaign. We define a campaign as an instance of a specific candidate running for a specific office or party nomination. If the same candidate ran in a primary and general election in both 2018 and 2020, they would have four campaign entries across those contests.
candidate id
Unique ID maintained by Deck representing a specific person running for a specific office in a specific district, which is kept the same across elections.
district id
Unique ID maintained by Deck representing a specific political district. We define a district as a geographic subdivision of a jurisdiction that is associated with a specific office. For example, Idaho State House District 2 is a single district. Its associated office is Idaho State House and its associated jurisdiction is Idaho. (For jurisdiction-wide offices, like Governor and Mayor, the district can encompass the entirety of its jurisdiction.)
election id
Unique ID maintained by Deck representing a specific election. We define an election as an opportunity for registered voters in a given jurisdiction to cast a ballot for one or more offices.
election date
This is the election date represented as a float ex. 20221108.0.
office name
Proper case office name such as U.S. Senate, U.S. House and State House.
district name
This will provide district information for the office. For statewide races it will be the two letter state id. For numbered districts like house and senate, it will be a number.
name first primary
A candidate’s primary first name -- typically their legal first name.
name first alternate
A candidate’s alternate first name, if applicable. This would typically be a nickname.
name middle
A candidate’s alternate first name, if available.
name last primary
A candidate’s primary last name -- typically their full, legal last name.
name last alternate
A candidate’s alternate last name, if applicable. This could be a maiden name, an alternate presentation of a hyphenated or accented name, or a variation of the primary last name in the event of ambiguity.
incumbency status
A value of “incumbent” if the candidate is currently holding the office in question, “challenger” if the candidate is running against the current office-holder, or “open” if the current office-holder is not running for the office.
party affiliation
The candidate’s stated party affiliation. Note: if a candidate is on the ballot in affiliation with multiple parties (such as the Working Families Party, which is a common second ballot line for New York progressives), we only include one party here: the one with the most electoral success.

Example entry

[
{
"campaign_id": "27832a43-f102-472c-9c08-9c08f4a15599",
"district_id": "d21a75f8-ffd7-4695-85df-edc58a8784f6",
"election_id": "35d9bed4-3181-4914-be67-a3bd9cf73e63",
"election_date": "20221108",
"office_name": "State House",
"district_name": "15",
"name_first_primary": "PETER",
"name_first_alternate": "PETE",
"name_middle": "J",
"name_last_primary": "ABBATE",
"name_last_alternate": null,
"incumbency_status": "incumbent",
"party_affiliation": "DEMOCRATIC"
}
]
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