A Hatch retirement could give Romney the longest stretch between losing and winning U.S. Senate campaigns among major party nominees in the chamber’s history.
Record partisan winning streaks in races for governor can be extended, broken, or tied in 15 states holding elections in 2018.
Only one statehood governor in U.S. history has subsequently served in the U.S. Senate from another state.
GOP U.S. Senators who faced bona fide renomination battles over the last four cycles averaged 74 years of age, were 28 years older than their opponent, and had served 24+ years in the chamber; not so in 2018.
Only one third party or independent Utah U.S. House candidate has won 10+ percent of the vote in 80+ years in a race with both major party nominees on the ballot.
Maryland’s last close Senate election took place during Nixon’s first midterm with four other states also not hosting a competitive contest since the 1970s.
No member of the U.S. House has quit their office from Alaska and Utah; no U.S. Senator has resigned from Arizona and Hawaii.
No Utah U.S. Representative who won their seat by 25+ points has ever been defeated in the subsequent general election.
A majority of the 17 seven-term U.S. Senators in history have either retired, resigned, or died in office, but five of the six who ran for reelection were victorious.
Since the passage of the 17th Amendment all but seven states have been represented by a single party in the U.S. House and Senate for at least one Congress.