Over the last 50 years, 41 losing nominees in special elections landed a rematch in the subsequent general election – only six were victorious and just two since 1981.
This decade has found the Arizona GOP in the midst of its most heavily contested nomination battles for the office in state history.
In the direct election era, parties in the midst of nine-election winning streaks have gone on to win a 10th consecutive contest in 42 of 47 attempts.
Over the last 75+ years, April has hosted more special elections than any month outside of November; only six of the previous 44 specials flipped control of the seat.
By contrast, one state’s voters have given each of its last 11 elected governors at least two terms in office dating back to the mid-1920s.
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.
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.