Non-major party candidates have left the faintest of footprints in Mountain State U.S. Senate races over the decades.
It had been 78 years since an incumbent from either party garnered less support in a Mountain State U.S. Senate primary.
John Perdue of West Virginia joins a half-dozen other officeholders who are currently surrounded by state executive officials from the opposing political party.
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.
Only one of the 73 Republican U.S. House members from Trump states with Democratic US Senators on the 2018 ballot has mounted a challenge.
The 10 Trump states with Democratic incumbents have voted for senate nominees from the opposing party of the sitting president 62 percent of the time over the last 50 years.
The Republican Party’s hold on every congressional seat could increase from nine to 12 states after the 2018 cycle.
Joe Manchin is attempting to win the 21st consecutive U.S. Senate reelection bid by a Mountain State Democrat.
Heller is the only Republican among the 15 U.S. Senators who serve states in which their party holds a minority of U.S. House seats; a dozen (including Heller) are up for reelection in 2018.
For the first time in party history, Democrats have lost multiple states by increasingly larger margins in five consecutive presidential elections.