No appointed US Senator has ever won a primary runoff and only two incumbents who placed second in the initial primary have done so.
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.
John Perdue of West Virginia joins a half-dozen other officeholders who are currently surrounded by state executive officials from the opposing political party.
Even victorious Democratic nominees have a few rotten eggs on their electoral scorecards, with 10 failing to win even 30 percent of the vote across nearly three-dozen states.
GOP U.S. Senators continue to win renomination, but many state party records are falling each cycle for the worst ever showings by a Republican incumbent.
Not only are Democrats losing gubernatorial elections at a rate not seen in 100+ years, but the party’s nominees are losing badly.
Robert Gray shatters the mark record for the lowest ever support recorded by a Magnolia State Democratic nominee for governor.
Six states have elected black candidates in more than 10 percent of its U.S. House elections conducted since MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech; 24 states haven’t elected any.
A look back at some of the reports that made headlines from Smart Politics in 2014.
Four Republicans have already set state records for low water marks by a sitting GOP U.S. Senator in a primary election – after just eight contests