Unlike their GOP counterparts, Democrats have few states that have consistently backed the party’s eventual nominee over the last 40+ years.
The Texas U.S. Senator was the first Republican in and nearly the last one out, notching a rare failed campaign of more than 400 days.
Each of the 65+ previous Republican presidential candidates who carried their home state did so with a larger percentage of the vote than Cruz; Cruz is one of only six who failed to reach the 50 percent mark.
Four current members of the U.S. Senate hold seats once occupied by two former presidents; three future presidents once served alongside each other in the chamber.
Not only are Democrats losing gubernatorial elections at a rate not seen in 100+ years, but the party’s nominees are losing badly.
Only two of 12 Republican candidates in 2012 were actively campaigning at the time of their home state’s contest.
Several older members of the nation’s lower legislative chamber aren’t convinced they need a functioning campaign website, and it’s hard to argue with a group that just got elected by an average of 61 points.
No other presidential candidate can match Perry’s 14 years and one month in office as governor; Pataki and Huckabee also make the Top 10 for White House hopefuls.
With Cruz’s 2016 candidacy, at least one major party or notable independent Texas candidate has (at least briefly) run for president in 14 of the last 16 election cycles.
The Texan lands in the Top 10 for all-time service among statehood governors and #4 for consecutive service.