Of the nearly 200 appointments made to the U.S. Senate since the ratification of the 17th Amendment, just five had previously served in the legislative body.
Over the last 50 years, 41 losing nominees in special elections landed a rematch in the subsequent general election – only six were victorious and just two since 1981.
The 54 speakers in U.S. history have come from less than two-dozen states, with speakers from five states collectively accounting for more than half the time in office.
Only one other Democratic nominee has avoided a primary runoff since 1994.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
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.
Only one statehood governor in U.S. history has subsequently served in the U.S. Senate from another state.
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.
Jerry Brown is poised to end up #3 on the all-time list of statehood gubernatorial service.