More than 135 guests have appeared with the First Lady since the president’s first SOTU speech in 2010, but none from 16 states.
A look back at some of the reports that made headlines from Smart Politics in 2014.
Ten of the 34 states with U.S. Senate races in 2014 found the Democratic Party endure one of its three worst performances in the direct election era.
Only five of the 20 presidents to serve since 1900 have seen their party win a majority of gubernatorial elections during their administrations, and only one since JFK.
A study of 2014 U.S. Senate race ratings finds the odds of a pick-up in Iowa’s race between Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst are closer to 50-50 than any other contest in the country.
The number of women in the chamber has remained stable or increased in every cycle since the late 1970s.
It has been more than 90 years since the last time Republicans had a monopoly on every U.S. House seat in the Mountain State.
Only 12 U.S. Senate elections have involved two major party female nominees in U.S. history and just two of these without a female incumbent.
It has been a combined 141 years since the GOP won a U.S. Senate race in West Virginia (1956), Hawaii (1970), and New Jersey (1972).
The five U.S. Senators who have announced their retirement during the 113th Congress are 10 years older on average than any ‘retiring class’ from the chamber over the last five decades.