Branstad has served as governor for one out of eight days since Iowa achieved statehood.
Not only are Democrats losing gubernatorial elections at a rate not seen in 100+ years, but the party’s nominees are losing badly.
Rod Blum or David Young could become the first freshman Iowa U.S. House member to be unseated by a Democrat since 1890.
Two Midwestern states have been in accord on their presidential vote choice 96 percent of the time while another pair has voted in concert during just 41 percent of such elections.
Iowa and Ohio have voted in concert with the region overall at a higher rate than any other Midwestern state; Missouri and Minnesota have done so the least.
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.