Despite crushing the record for the most U.S. Senate matchups between women female nominees in 2018, it is possible the number of women in the chamber will decrease next year.
The 2018 cycle ties a state record set in six previous cycles with two women receiving major party nominations to the nation’s lower legislative chamber.
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.
It’s been a quarter century since Democrats won U.S. House seats in both Kansas and Nebraska.
12 percent of Nebraska elections to the chamber have featured rematches between major party nominees; challengers have won 1 in 3 of these races but none in the last half-century.
Three of the six successful independent U.S. Senate candidates in the direct election era only faced one major party opponent on the general election ballot.
Up to 11 women could run for reelection to the chamber in two years; the chamber’s all-time record is just six.
Since the passage of the 17th Amendment all but seven states have been represented by a single party in the U.S. House and Senate for at least one Congress.
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.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s name may be added to a very short list of failed vice-presidential nominees who gave up their seats along the way.