Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin each had unusually close races for governor this cycle.
There were no blowouts, but Democrats managed to run the table for just the fifth time in 75 cycles since statehood, and the third time since the early 1890s .
Over the last 170+ years, each of the last 15 times a U.S. House Speaker retired, resigned, or died in office, his party held the seat.
Each of the Top 5 and eight of the Top 10 states which have most frequently elected U.S. Senators from a party other than the sitting president are located in the Midwest; five host contests in 2018.
Despite crushing the record for the most U.S. Senate matchups between women female nominees in 2018, it is possible the number of women in the chamber will decrease next year.
Wisconsin is one of four states to see each of its last five gubernatorial elections decided by single digits.
A record number of candidates on the Democratic ballot will likely result in the party producing a nominee with the second lowest support heading into the general election.
Democrats in four states have never won three-fifths of the gubernatorial vote in electoral history – that could change in two states in 2018.
Independent Joe Trillo could make Rhode Island the first state in 75+ years to have non-major party gubernatorial candidates win 20+ percent in three consecutive cycles.
Over the last half-century, governors seeking a fourth consecutive victory at the ballot box have been successful in 12 out of 16 attempts.