The 2020 cycle could mark the first time a pair of Wyoming U.S. Senate hopefuls had previous service in the nation’s lower legislative chamber.
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.
Winning candidates in four states – two Democrats and two Republicans – received the largest support recorded by their party in a race for governor since statehood.
Fourteen states will be represented by a single party on Capitol Hill – seven Democratic and seven Republican; one party controls all but one seat in 13 other states.
It has been 50 years since the last and only time a Cowboy State U.S. Representative lost a primary campaign.
Incumbents have won all 29 nomination bids during Wyoming’s direct primary era with no challenger winning 30 percent; Barrasso has drawn more challengers in 2018 than any Wyoming senator in history.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
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.
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.
Just seven states have had an average victory margin of less than 10 points over the last three decades with North Carolina leading the pack.