No appointed US Senator has ever won a primary runoff and only two incumbents who placed second in the initial primary have done so.
Record partisan winning streaks in races for governor can be extended, broken, or tied in 15 states holding elections in 2018.
It’s been nearly 60 years since Americans have elected a freshman U.S. Senator as old as the Alabama septuagenarian.
Only five out of 60 Republican appointed senators seeking to keep their seat over the last 100+ years lost their party’s nomination in the next election.
Only 54 percent of appointed U.S. Senators running to keep their seat have been victorious over the last half-century.
Bentley’s tenure lasted just 10 days shy of Guy Hunt who was removed from office 24 years prior.
The Alabama duo served alongside one another for the 27th longest stretch in the chamber’s history.
Each of the three congresses have convened during the last 20 years.
Even victorious Democratic nominees have a few rotten eggs on their electoral scorecards, with 10 failing to win even 30 percent of the vote across nearly three-dozen states.
GOP U.S. Senators continue to win renomination, but many state party records are falling each cycle for the worst ever showings by a Republican incumbent.