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.
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 three former governors coming off failed reelection bids have gone on to win a U.S. Senate seat during the last 70+ years.
Not only are Democrats losing gubernatorial elections at a rate not seen in 100+ years, but the party’s nominees are losing badly.
The length of Boehner’s 8th CD vacancy is more than twice the average of the 200+ vacancies in the chamber since 1965 and the longest originating in a non-election year since 1969.
Only two of 12 Republican candidates in 2012 were actively campaigning at the time of their home state’s contest.
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.
While serving as speaker, Boehner has netted the third largest number and third highest percentage increase of seats won by his party among the 15 Republicans to serve in the post in the chamber’s history.