After Tina Smith is sworn in, four states will have all-female U.S. Senate delegations.
Doug Jones’ victory marks just the sixth time out of 56 attempts that an eight-election partisan U.S. Senate winning streak has come to an end during the direct election era.
Ten of the state’s 41 men and women who were sworn into the chamber served less than one year.
Next year will be the 54th time in which a state simultaneously hosts elections for each of its U.S. Senate seats; in only eight cases has the electorate split its vote between two parties.
Thirty-one of 175 specials conducted since 1913 have been held outside of November with just 22 during odd-numbered years.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
More than half of Minnesota U.S. Senators have not exited the chamber on their own terms.
The Yellowhammer State is tied with Kansas for the fewest years of sending lawmakers to the Senate from different political parties over the last century.
Bredesen could become the first sitting or ex-Democratic governor from Tennessee – and just the second from either major party – to win a U.S. Senate seat in the direct election era.
A Hatch retirement could give Romney the longest stretch between losing and winning U.S. Senate campaigns among major party nominees in the chamber’s history.