Democrats have won just four of 135 elections to statewide office in the Deep South since Barack Obama became president.
The impressive Democratic electoral winning streak in Minnesota is not even the fifth biggest for the party across the country.
It is not a rarity to find a cycle with more than one state hosting elections for both U.S. Senate seats on the autumn ballot.
Eight previous losing Mississippi U.S. Senate candidates, including two U.S. Representatives and two state legislators, have attempted a cumulative 18 comeback bids for the office – losing all 18 times.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
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.