Only three former governors coming off failed reelection bids have gone on to win a U.S. Senate seat during the last 70+ years.
Prior to 2016, no major party Rhode Island politician had made a White House bid – despite 70 governors, 48 U.S. Senators, and 74 U.S. Representatives serving the Ocean State over the last 225 years.
The rate of gubernatorial candidates elected without the support of a majority of voters is at its highest level since the 1910s.
Up to five female major party nominees will be on the ballot this November attempting to win their first gubernatorial election.
Two states – Rhode Island and Nevada – have elected U.S. Senators into the majority party of the subsequent Congress 75+ percent of the time over the last 100 years; Virginia has done so in each of the last six elections.
It has been 96 years since the last time a major party did not field a candidate in eight or more U.S. Senate races.
Facing a tough reelection bid in 2014, Lincoln Chafee throws up the white flag – a historical rarity among 1st term Rhode Island governors.
Democrats have stumbled to their third worst record in the country in Rhode Island but have won 31 of 40 races in Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Thirty-seven governors in U.S. history were elected into office at least five times but only 10 served in the 20th or 21st Centuries; four members of the Club are alive today.
New Mexico’s races have been the most narrowly decided followed by Indiana and Ohio; Illinois captures top honors since the Reagan Revolution with Rhode Island the one to watch since the Republican Revolution.