The 2012 presidential election is the only cycle since the birth of the two-party system in 1828 to be decided by less than 15 points nationally and yet have less than 10 percent of its contests decided by fewer than five points.
A dozen media outlets still yield 10 different battleground state maps less than a week from Election Day, with an average of nine states and 114 electoral votes hanging in the balance.
Two-thirds of battleground state maps have changed over the past month, yielding 10 different maps across 12 different media outlets.
Connecticut, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin are five of 18 states never to split their ticket by voting for a Democratic presidential nominee and a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in the same cycle.
An analysis of major media outlets’ election projection maps finds few can agree on a definitive list of toss-up states in the 2012 presidential race.
Only one party chair has successfully entered or reentered political office by winning a U.S. Senate seat in the last 100 years.
More than a dozen states have never popularly elected a GOP Senator while voting for a Democratic presidential nominee in the same cycle; will any break with tradition in 2012?
Kaine campaign would mean seven of the last 10 Virginia ex-governors launched U.S. Senate bids, including each of the last five
Sitting at-large representatives have unseated U.S Senators just 17 percent of the time over the last 100 years – a feat never accomplished by a Republican
New Mexico, Alaska, and Indiana have provided the tightest gubernatorial races in the nation since 1900; over the last three decades: Mississippi, Illinois, and Virginia