One in six former Iowa U.S. Senators died in office – although none in 80+ years.
Two of this cycle’s ‘toss-up’ states – Indiana and Nevada – have hosted the most closely decided races for the office in seven cycles over the last century.
Prior to Jeff Sessions’ departure in 2017, it had been 30+ years since the last time the chamber did not contain at least one state delegation whose members had served two decades together.
The number of states with U.S. Senators from different parties might fall to single digits for the first time since the 84th Congress.
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.
Democrats have to defend plenty more competitive seats this cycle, but a bad November for Republicans could write them into the history books.
Of the nearly 200 appointments made to the U.S. Senate since the ratification of the 17th Amendment, just five had previously served in the legislative body.
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.
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.
Minnesota’s senior senator came less than a percentage point shy of the best showing in a contested Gopher State U.S. Senate primary.