Cantor is the first Virginia Republican U.S. Representative to lose a renomination bid since 1888 after more than 160 successful attempts and the first to fail from either party in 48 years.
Cantor’s loss in the Virginia primary Tuesday is the first failed renomination bid after 54 successful attempts by sitting majority leaders of the nation’s lower legislative chamber.
Two states – Rhode Island and Nevada – have elected U.S. Senators into the majority party of the subsequent Congress 75+ percent of the time over the last 100 years; Virginia has done so in each of the last six elections.
For the first time in 40 years, Virginians elected a governor from the party of the sitting president; New Jersey extends its streak to seven cycles – second longest in the country.
The Virginian has the best showing in a gubernatorial race for a Libertarian in 11 years and easily records the third best showing in party history.
The third option in Virginia’s top of the ballot race next week will likely rank among the Top 3 performances by a Libertarian gubernatorial nominee in party history.
Two congressmen drowned while in office; one former U.S. Representative drowned on the Titanic and another on Independence Day.
Minnesota has the most living former Senators with eight while six states have only one (Hawaii, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming).
For the last nine gubernatorial elections since 1977 Virginians have voted into office a governor from the opposing party of the sitting president.
Eight U.S. House delegations boast an all homegrown membership, led by Iowa and Mississippi; five delegations come in at 25 percent or less including Virginia and Minnesota.