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.
Five states (plus two yet to vote) will keep their perfect records intact for backing the eventual Republican nominee in the modern primary era; two states lost their bellwether status this cycle.
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.
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.
Only two of 12 Republican candidates in 2012 were actively campaigning at the time of their home state’s contest.
Not only did the 2012 map record the lowest ever rate of states flipping from the previous cycle, but the country is also currently in the midst of its lowest rate of change across the last three-, four-, five-, six-, seven-, eight-, and nine-cycle periods.
Several older members of the nation’s lower legislative chamber aren’t convinced they need a functioning campaign website, and it’s hard to argue with a group that just got elected by an average of 61 points.
Pataki is the first sitting or former New York governor to run for president in nearly 50 years after Empire State governors ran in 15 of 17 cycles from 1904 to 1968.
Nine states (each with primaries) have an unblemished record in voting for the eventual Republican nominee since 1976 – and not all host contests on the back end of the calendar.
Nearly 130 U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Territorial Delegates were born in Ireland – with 40 percent serving New York and Pennsylvania.