Scott Wagner’s 7-point win ranks as the fifth closest race in the GOP race for governor during the direct primary era.
In the direct election era, parties in the midst of nine-election winning streaks have gone on to win a 10th consecutive contest in 42 of 47 attempts.
With Lamb’s win, eight out of the last 26 U.S. House seats to flip have been in districts where the winning party did not recruit a nominee during the most recent election cycle.
The numbers do not add up to support the claim that Russian efforts to sour voters on Hillary Clinton and vote for Stein flipped three key states to Trump.
By contrast, one state’s voters have given each of its last 11 elected governors at least two terms in office dating back to the mid-1920s.
The party has only netted congressional seats in the Keystone State during just three of the last 26 general elections since 1966.
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.
The last time the party won less than 30 percent of U.S. House seats during a three-cycle stretch in the state was 1928-1930-1932.
No state has held more special elections to the chamber since the year the U.S. entered WW II, and only four states have held them at a higher rate.
GOP U.S. Senators who faced bona fide renomination battles over the last four cycles averaged 74 years of age, were 28 years older than their opponent, and had served 24+ years in the chamber; not so in 2018.