Democrats have never nominated a westerner for their presidential or VP slots across the 42 cycles since the first western state voted in a presidential election.
Nine state delegations currently have junior senators who are older than its senior senator.
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.
More than a dozen candidates who unsuccessfully ran for president since 1972 later ran for the U.S. Senate – just three were victorious.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
Only one Utahan has won more support in a race involving both major party nominees out of 127 U.S. House third party and independent candidates to appear on the ballot since 1932.
A Hatch retirement could give Romney the longest stretch between losing and winning U.S. Senate campaigns among major party nominees in the chamber’s history.
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.
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.