According to the N&O, the number of legislative districts that Democrats are leaving uncontested for 2016 is the same as in 2012: 28 House districts and 12 Senate districts. Republicans are leaving slightly more districts uncontested than in 2012: 29 House districts and 6 Senate districts compared to 27 House districts and 7 Senate districts four years ago. But since a Senate district has a little more than twice the population of a House district, it's about the same ratio between the parties as four years ago.
The N&O says "53 legislators lack opponents" for 2016. However in reality, 75 of the 170 legislative districts are uncontested because 22 Democrats or Republicans have only a Libertarian challenger. No disparagement intended toward Libertarians, but in partisan elections for state-level offices, only major-party challengers pose any realistic competition.
The good news, according to the N&O, is that Democrats have candidates in all 13 congressional districts. So at the congressional level, Democrats have a chance, again, to demonstrate their level of statewide voter support. Thanks and congratulations to blogger and political consultant Thomas Mills for filing just before the deadline in the 8th congressional district. That ensures incumbent Republican Richard Hudson will have a Democratic opponent.