Even victorious Democratic nominees have a few rotten eggs on their electoral scorecards, with 10 failing to win even 30 percent of the vote across nearly three-dozen states.
If a handful of toss-up races all end up in the Democratic column, the party will have its strongest showing in races for governor since its formation nearly 190 years ago.
The 11 Northeastern states could tie the nation’s all-time regional mark for the most consecutive cycles backing a political party’s presidential nominee.
Midwestern states account for 40 percent of the cumulative female lieutenant gubernatorial service in U.S. history along with the three longest current streaks (Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin).
After the 2016 cycle, the party could reach record winning streaks for governor in five states across three regions of the country.
If the nation’s six most competitive seats flip in 2016, the upper legislative chamber will tie its mark for the lowest number of states with split delegations in the direct election era.
Democrats and Republicans in four states are still looking for candidates as filing deadlines loom just days or weeks away.
Vermont’s other U.S. Senator is also on the ballot in 2016 – and is climbing the list of all-time service in the nation’s upper legislative chamber.
The unusually competitive and crowded GOP field is lowering the bar to victory in many states.
Eight U.S. Senators went against the majority of their party during the controversial 1987 Robert Bork confirmation vote; seven of their seats have since flipped for good in subsequent elections.