The five U.S. Senators who have announced their retirement during the 113th Congress are 10 years older on average than any ‘retiring class’ from the chamber over the last five decades.
Johanns is the first U.S. Senator from the Cornhusker State who was popularly elected to a full term who chose not to seek reelection.
It has been more than 50 years since a state has held three Senate elections in three consecutive years or four Senate contests over a five-year span.
The three states have not been represented by two Republicans in the U.S. Senate for a combined 244 years and counting.
The last time Florida Republicans held both Senate seats was 1875; WI (1957), ND (1960), and NE (1976) could also see an end to a decades-long Democratic presence in its state delegations.
Only Hugh Butler’s 3.3-point victory in 1940 was more narrowly decided than the Cornhusker Republican Senate contest on Tuesday out of 37 contests since 1916.
Over the last 222 years, 150 U.S. Senators have had a gap in service in the nation’s upper legislative chamber – lasting more than a decade for 32 of them.
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.
Golden Gophers are 29-20-2 against Nebraska all-time, but just 0-14 since 1963; Cornhuskers have won 39 of 45 contests against current Big 10 schools over the past 48 years
7:15 p.m. NBC News projects that Barack Obama has won the Nebraska caucuses, the 17th state the Illinois Senator has carried thus far in the election. Nebraska Democratic Caucus (73% reporting) Obama = 69% Clinton = 31% Obama has racked…