The Democratic duo from the Evergreen State will become just the second state delegation of women U.S. Senators to serve 20+ years together.
Democrats have never nominated a westerner for their presidential or VP slots across the 42 cycles since the first western state voted in a presidential election.
Prior to Jeff Sessions’ departure in 2017, it had been 30+ years since the last time the chamber did not contain at least one state delegation whose members had served two decades together.
Despite crushing the record for the most U.S. Senate matchups between women female nominees in 2018, it is possible the number of women in the chamber will decrease next year.
There is a good chance as many as six states could have two female major party nominees for the office – doubling the previous record for an election cycle.
Only two major party candidates from Washington have lost general election bids for governor, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House since statehood.
Reichert is one of just two current members of the chamber to win elections by single digits in the first four election cycles of his congressional career.
The Alabama duo served alongside one another for the 27th longest stretch in the chamber’s history.
Up to 11 women could run for reelection to the chamber in two years; the chamber’s all-time record is just six.
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.