Prior to Jeff Sessions’ departure in 2017, it had been 30+ years since the last time the chamber did not contain at least one state delegation whose members had served two decades together.
One woman has previously been elected to the chamber as an independent, but never served under that designation.
Prognosticators are split as to the vulnerability of this GOP-held seat, but there is no denying a win by the state senator would be a political earthquake in deep red South Dakota.
The number of states with U.S. Senators from different parties might fall to single digits for the first time since the 84th Congress.
The party winning the U.S. House has won a majority of seats in the Minnesota House for 17 of the last 22 cycles including nine of the last 10.
Four states have had Democratic and Republican nominees on the ballot for 100+ straight elections; four states also own streaks dating back to the 1800s.
If Democrats pick off three of the state’s four vulnerable GOP seats this November, Republicans will send its smallest delegation to the chamber in 105+ years.
The frequency of non-major party candidates has declined over the last two decades, although nearly half who run continue to win 5+ percent of the vote.
The political environment is in place to give Democrats their best chance to win in the deep red state.
Democrats and Republicans in six states have still never nominated a woman to its top executive office.