That’s the number of U.S. House districts where no incumbent is running in the Nov. 6 election.
These so-called open districts account for about 14 percent of the 435 districts.
Thirty-six of the 62 open districts are in just eight states led by California, which has nine districts where incumbents aren’t on the ballot. There are so many openings in California mainly because five House members are retiring, one resigned and one is seeking other political office. In two other districts, House Democrats are running against one another.
California used an independent commission to revise congressional district lines last year, creating complications for many incumbents accustomed to easy re-election campaigns.
There are seven open districts in Texas, which gained four districts in the 2010 reapportionment as a result of above-average population growth. There are five openings in Florida and three each in Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Washington state.