Only one of 210 non-major party candidates for governor have won 10 percent of the vote in state history with just two others receiving five percent.
Each of the 30 men to serve as governor of the Gem State previously held public office or a party leadership position.
No sitting or ex-DFL U.S.House member has ever won their party’s gubernatorial nomination – or even competed in the primary.
No major party gubernatorial candidate from the Gopher State has even been nominated for the office at 70+ years old.
The partisan gap between the number of seats Democrats and Republicans will defend in 2018’s U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races is at its largest in more than half a century.
Only 2 of the 43 men and women to serve in Congress from Wyoming have subsequently been elected governor; none have even landed on the primary ballot in more than 65 years.
However, nearly one in six governors of the Palmetto State did not finish their term.
No sitting member of the U.S. House from South Dakota has ever appeared on a gubernatorial primary or general election ballot; just two ex-U.S. Representatives ever ran for the office.
Obama’s tenure ends with his party winning gubernatorial elections at the fifth lowest rate out of the 20 presidents to serve since William McKinley.
If a handful of toss-up races all end up in the Democratic column, the party will have its strongest showing in races for governor since its formation nearly 190 years ago.