Only two Hawkeye State governors have won election to the nation’s lower legislative chamber with the last doing so in the late 19th Century.
States have split their ballot only 29 percent of the time in presidential and U.S. Senate elections over the last century; 6% in NC, 11% in WI and 16% in IL (key 2016 battlegrounds).
The Texan lands in the Top 10 for all-time service among statehood governors and #4 for consecutive service.
The Iowa duo ends up with the bronze medal for serving alongside each other in the chamber for 30 years.
Less than a dozen governors in U.S. history have been elected to four four-year terms – all since 1970.
At 82 percent this decade, the GOP is enjoying its highest winning percentage in gubernatorial elections in the region since the 1920s.
Over the last century, states have been twice as likely to be represented by a single political party in the U.S. Senate than have a split delegation; only Delaware, Iowa, and Illinois have been divided more than half the time.
The Hawkeye State has the second highest rate in the nation over the last 100 years of sending members from two different parties to the nation’s upper legislative chamber.
A symbolic button worn by Iowa’s underdog gubernatorial challenger evokes Truman’s historic comeback…and an otherwise disastrous cycle for Iowa’s Democratic Party.
Twenty states have been represented in Congress by a Scottish-born U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator, including one Speaker of the House.