Only 1 in 3 ex- or sitting Maine U.S. Representatives to land on the gubernatorial general election ballot have been victorious.
A look back at the 115 “Smiths” to serve in the House as newly-minted U.S. Representative Jason Smith of Missouri adds his name to the roster.
Five candidates set all-time statewide records for non-major party candidates in U.S. Senate races this cycle.
Nine sitting or former governors have been elected U.S. Senator in the Pine Tree State including four during the popular vote era.
Democrats have held a majority of U.S. Senate and U.S. House seats from Maine for just seven out of 79 cycles since the formation of the GOP in the 1850s.
Contributions have dropped more than $6 million in real dollars among the nine 2+ term Senators on the ballot in 2012; almost all among Democrats.
Only 3 percent of 230 Democratic U.S. House incumbents on the ballot increased their margin of victory in 2010 compared to 2008; Nancy Pelosi had the second largest increase
Third party gubernatorial candidates rivaling 1994 for their best showing since the Great Depression
Only one other state has elected plurality-winning governors into office four times in a row since World War II (Alaska); Minnesota has not done so in 114 years
Women are still proportionally underrepresented in 48 states, with 19 states and 22 percent of the nation’s population without a female U.S. Senator or Representative