Montana has voted in concert with the region overall at a higher rate than any other Western state; Hawaii has done so the least.
If nominated by his party in 2016, Hill would notch the second longest gap between major party nominations to the nation’s upper legislative chamber at 26 years.
Three-dozen states are currently in the midst of their longest Democratic or Republican presidential winning streaks.
Ten states have voted against the party of the sitting president in every gubernatorial election since at least 1994 led by Wyoming and Tennessee; just two states have voted for the president’s party during that span.
More than 135 guests have appeared with the First Lady since the president’s first SOTU speech in 2010, but none from 16 states.
A look back at some of the reports that made headlines from Smart Politics in 2014.
Ten of the 34 states with U.S. Senate races in 2014 found the Democratic Party endure one of its three worst performances in the direct election era.
Six states have not seen a governor lose a reelection bid over the last half century with Vermont and Connecticut boasting the most impressive incumbency advantage resumés.
Enzi continues the perfect renomination streak of Wyoming U.S. Senators – 29 for 29 since the first primary contest 1918; Lummis extends renomination streak by Cowboy State U.S. Representatives to 19 in a row since 1972.
A study of 5,325 congressional elections finds the number of female U.S. Representatives has more than tripled over the last 25 years, but the rate at which women are elected to the chamber still varies greatly between the states.