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
The 2014 Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary is one of just two in state history decided by less than one point by either party.
It has been 96 years since the last time a major party did not field a candidate in eight or more U.S. Senate races.
Six states have yet to elect a woman to the U.S. House of Representatives, but one is poised to be crossed off that list in 2014.
More than half of the six-term U.S. Senators over the last century did not run for a seventh term, were defeated at the ballot box, or died in office.
It has been nearly 130 years since the last Mississippi U.S. Representative returned to the chamber after losing a seat at the ballot box.
Herbert Hoover was president the last time Democrats won a Senate race in Kansas; Nixon was in his second year in office when Democrats last won Wyoming and Utah.
Eight U.S. House delegations boast an all homegrown membership, led by Iowa and Mississippi; five delegations come in at 25 percent or less including Virginia and Minnesota.