Non-major party candidates have left the faintest of footprints in Mountain State U.S. Senate races over the decades.
The party has hosted only one contested primary for the office over the last dozen cycles since 1988.
It had been 78 years since an incumbent from either party garnered less support in a Mountain State U.S. Senate primary.
Slightly more than 1 in 20 Hoosiers entering Congress since statehood had a family member precede them in one of the two legislative chambers.
Only one DFL primary has been decided by single digits with the closest race involving an incumbent decided by 25 points.
A sweep of the state’s U.S. Senate seats and constitutional offices will give the party the largest partisan winning streak in Minnesota in a century.
In the direct election era, parties in the midst of nine-election winning streaks have gone on to win a 10th consecutive contest in 42 of 47 attempts.
The four-year, nine-month streak without a death in the chamber is the fourth longest in history and will reach #2 by early September.
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 other Democratic nominee has avoided a primary runoff since 1994.