At least one first-term incumbent has been defeated in 48 of the 52 election cycles during the direct election era.
Heller is the only Republican among the 15 U.S. Senators who serve states in which their party holds a minority of U.S. House seats; a dozen (including Heller) are up for reelection in 2018.
Up to 11 women could run for reelection to the chamber in two years; the chamber’s all-time record is just six.
The nation’s third largest political party notched by far its most successful election cycle in races to the nation’s upper legislative chamber.
Hoeven has now been elected by the #1 and #4 biggest margins in North Dakota U.S. Senate elections.
If a handful of toss-up races all end up in the Democratic column, the party will have its strongest showing in races for governor since its formation nearly 190 years ago.
Midwestern states account for 40 percent of the cumulative female lieutenant gubernatorial service in U.S. history along with the three longest current streaks (Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin).
The 2016 race ends a streak of eight uncontested GOP primaries and is the first in 70 years with three candidates on the ballot.
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.
More than 160 guests have appeared with the First Lady since the president’s first State of the Union speech in 2010, but none from 12 states.