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.
Only 2 of the 43 men and women to serve in Congress from Wyoming have subsequently been elected governor; none have even landed on the primary ballot in more than 65 years.
Since the passage of the 17th Amendment all but seven states have been represented by a single party in the U.S. House and Senate for at least one Congress.
Even victorious Democratic nominees have a few rotten eggs on their electoral scorecards, with 10 failing to win even 30 percent of the vote across nearly three-dozen states.
Just eight out of 53 Republican nominees over the last century failed to win a majority of the vote; Tuesday’s nine-candidate field was the largest in state history by either party.