There is a good chance as many as six states could have two female major party nominees for the office – doubling the previous record for an election cycle.
Only one non-major party U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri history has won five percent of the vote.
Doug Jones’ victory last month brings the total of senators elected to the chamber with a plurality of the vote to 14 – tied for the most in 95+ years.
John Perdue of West Virginia joins a half-dozen other officeholders who are currently surrounded by state executive officials from the opposing political party.
Only one of the 73 Republican U.S. House members from Trump states with Democratic US Senators on the 2018 ballot has mounted a challenge.
Just seven states have had an average victory margin of less than 10 points over the last three decades with North Carolina leading the pack.
The 10 Trump states with Democratic incumbents have voted for senate nominees from the opposing party of the sitting president 62 percent of the time over the last 50 years.
Missouri may be the most likely state to host the 17th U.S. Senate race between two female major party nominees next cycle.
Heller is the only Republican among the 15 U.S. Senators who serve states in which their party holds a minority of U.S. House seats; a dozen (including Heller) are up for reelection in 2018.
Up to 11 women could run for reelection to the chamber in two years; the chamber’s all-time record is just six.