Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
Jeff Flake is the eighth member of the chamber to call it quits after a single full term this century and the 43rd to do so since 1914.
Flake will tie Ralph Cameron for the shortest tenure in the chamber in state history.
GOP U.S. Senators who faced bona fide renomination battles over the last four cycles averaged 74 years of age, were 28 years older than their opponent, and had served 24+ years in the chamber; not so in 2018.
No member of the U.S. House has quit their office from Alaska and Utah; no U.S. Senator has resigned from Arizona and Hawaii.
Republicans would break a party record if eight U.S. Senate nominees are elected from states voting Democratic for president.
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.
No other Republican senator from the Grand Canyon State has even received a primary challenger.
Since 1972, 12 of the 27 Republican U.S. Senators to lose during presidential election cycles did so while the GOP White House nominee carried their state.
While female candidates have opportunities to pick up seats this November, some face challenging general election odds while others face stiff competition to win their party’s primary.