Gianforte is just the second sitting U.S. Representative from Montana to seek the governorship in state history.
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.
Four states have had Democratic and Republican nominees on the ballot for 100+ straight elections; four states also own streaks dating back to the 1800s.
Only one previous senator in history has been elected to the chamber without a majority of the vote three times.
Treasure State Republicans may produce their 11th plurality winner for the office in next Tuesday’s primary; each of the previous 10 lost the general election.
Doug Jones’ victory last month brings the total of senators elected to the chamber with a plurality of the vote to 14 – tied for the most in 95+ years.
No state’s U.S. House delegation has ever increased from a single, at-large representative to multiple members after two censuses.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.
The Sunshine State is one of only three in which the Republican Party has failed to win consecutive races to the nation’s upper legislative chamber.
Only one of the 73 Republican U.S. House members from Trump states with Democratic US Senators on the 2018 ballot has mounted a challenge.