Over 100 elected governors have resigned since 1900; a state’s last two elected governors have resigned back-to-back only 10 times.
The top two constitutional offices in the Gopher State have been occupied by members of different political parties for 3,759 days since statehood (10+ years).
Bredesen could become the first sitting or ex-Democratic governor from Tennessee – and just the second from either major party – to win a U.S. Senate seat in the direct election era.
The party could extend its consecutive statewide election streak to 10 for the first time in more than half a century.
10 losing Republican gubernatorial nominees or primary candidates have appeared on the ballot for the office a second time – with just one becoming governor.
Only six out of more than two-dozen major party nominees have successfully knocked an incumbent out of office in a gubernatorial rematch.
More than two-dozen former governors have been reelected back to their old seat over the last half-century.
If Lori Swanson does not run for a fourth term next year, Minnesota will have only one constitutional officer seek reelection for just the third time in over a century.
Republican governors of the Prairie State have lost only one of 13 renomination bids in the direct primary era – and none in 90 years.
Record partisan winning streaks in races for governor can be extended, broken, or tied in 15 states holding elections in 2018.