Only Howard Coble served longer among the five-dozen Republicans elected to the office in state history.
The current vacancy is one of just three in the state to occur at the onset of a new congress.
Just six governors hail from a different party than their state’s U.S. Senate delegation; 34 governors are from the same party.
Only three other governors have made more than one appointment to the chamber during the last 64 years.
The impressive Democratic electoral winning streak in Minnesota is not even the fifth biggest for the party across the country.
Doug Jones’ victory last month brings the total of senators elected to the chamber with a plurality of the vote to 14 – tied for the most in 95+ years.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
No appointed US Senator has ever won a primary runoff and only two incumbents who placed second in the initial primary have done so.
Just seven states have had an average victory margin of less than 10 points over the last three decades with North Carolina leading the pack.
History suggests the nation is overdue for a record-setting U.S. Senate nail-biter and there are plenty of states that could serve up extremely close contests on November 8th.