No appointed US Senator has ever won a primary runoff and only two incumbents who placed second in the initial primary have done so.
Record partisan winning streaks in races for governor can be extended, broken, or tied in 15 states holding elections in 2018.
Maryland’s last close Senate election took place during Nixon’s first midterm with four other states also not hosting a competitive contest since the 1970s.
Since the passage of the 17th Amendment all but seven states have been represented by a single party in the U.S. House and Senate for at least one Congress.
For the first time in party history, Democrats have lost multiple states by increasingly larger margins in five consecutive presidential elections.
The nation’s third largest political party notched by far its most successful election cycle in races to the nation’s upper legislative chamber.
Unlike their GOP counterparts, Democrats have few states that have consistently backed the party’s eventual nominee over the last 40+ years.
Kentucky became the sixth state where O’Malley has eclipsed one percent of the primary vote – all located in the South.
Democrats and Republicans in four states are still looking for candidates as filing deadlines loom just days or weeks away.
The unusually competitive and crowded GOP field is lowering the bar to victory in many states.