At 82 percent this decade, the GOP is enjoying its highest winning percentage in gubernatorial elections in the region since the 1920s.
At least one other Midwestern state has voted a Democrat into office each of the 15 times Minnesotans have elected a Democratic governor since statehood.
A historically competitive primary field finds Ricketts emerging with the lowest winning percentage and third narrowest victory margin on record in a Cornhusker State GOP gubernatorial race.
It has only happened one time in the last 90+ years, but the political climate just might allow the GOP to claim all nine Midwestern governorships on the ballot this November.
The five U.S. Senators who have announced their retirement during the 113th Congress are 10 years older on average than any ‘retiring class’ from the chamber over the last five decades.
Johanns is the first U.S. Senator from the Cornhusker State who was popularly elected to a full term who chose not to seek reelection.
It has been more than 50 years since a state has held three Senate elections in three consecutive years or four Senate contests over a five-year span.
The three states have not been represented by two Republicans in the U.S. Senate for a combined 244 years and counting.
The last time Florida Republicans held both Senate seats was 1875; WI (1957), ND (1960), and NE (1976) could also see an end to a decades-long Democratic presence in its state delegations.
Only Hugh Butler’s 3.3-point victory in 1940 was more narrowly decided than the Cornhusker Republican Senate contest on Tuesday out of 37 contests since 1916.