The last time 20 or more Republican U.S. Senators ran for reelection was in 1926 – the party lost seven seats that cycle including six freshmen.
While female candidates have opportunities to pick up seats this November, some face challenging general election odds while others face stiff competition to win their party’s primary.
If the nation’s six most competitive seats flip in 2016, the upper legislative chamber will tie its mark for the lowest number of states with split delegations in the direct election era.
Florida, Wisconsin, and North Carolina are three of 18 states never to split their ticket by voting for a Democratic presidential nominee and a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in the same cycle.
The New York businessman laps the field in the first ever New Hampshire primary with five candidates in double-digits.
Only John Kennedy’s victory against the “Space Pen” inventor in 1960 was larger among the 13 contested Democratic primaries in Granite State history.
The 2016 field of nine active (non-fringe) Republican candidates edges the eight GOPers in 1996 who were still in the race at the time of the New Hampshire primary.
Only one Granite State county has backed every GOP primary winner since 1952 with just two on the Democratic side.
Four current members of the U.S. Senate hold seats once occupied by two former presidents; three future presidents once served alongside each other in the chamber.
Since 1972, only six of 35 losing New Hampshire primary candidates who received 10+ percent of the vote dropped out of the race within the next two weeks.