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.
Just two of 15 failed North Dakota gubernatorial candidates won on a subsequent run at the office – none have tried since 1972.
Two Midwestern states have been in accord on their presidential vote choice 96 percent of the time while another pair has voted in concert during just 41 percent of such elections.
Iowa and Ohio have voted in concert with the region overall at a higher rate than any other Midwestern state; Missouri and Minnesota have done so the least.
Three-dozen states are currently in the midst of their longest Democratic or Republican presidential winning streaks.
More than 135 guests have appeared with the First Lady since the president’s first SOTU speech in 2010, but none from 16 states.