Democrats and Republicans in 18 states have now set or tied their longest gubernatorial winning streak in party history.
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.
Doug Jones’ victory last month brings the total of senators elected to the chamber with a plurality of the vote to 14 – tied for the most in 95+ years.
Doug Jones’ victory marks just the sixth time out of 56 attempts that an eight-election partisan U.S. Senate winning streak has come to an end during the direct election era.
Ten of the state’s 41 men and women who were sworn into the chamber served less than one year.
Thirty-one of 175 specials conducted since 1913 have been held outside of November with just 22 during odd-numbered years.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
The Yellowhammer State is tied with Kansas for the fewest years of sending lawmakers to the Senate from different political parties over the last century.
Only five of 55 U.S. Senate partisan winning streaks of eight in a row have been halted in the subsequent contest during direct election era.
No appointed US Senator has ever won a primary runoff and only two incumbents who placed second in the initial primary have done so.