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Keeping Up with the Smiths: Surnames in the U.S. House

More than 110 Smiths have been elected to the U.S. House - more than twice the number of any other surname except for Johnson at 65.

Hoekstra Challenge in Michigan U.S. Senate Race Faces Long Historical Odds

It has been over 150 years since an ex-U.S. Representative won a Senate seat in Michigan.

Chip Cravaack: Building Political Ties Between Minnesota and New Hampshire

None of Minnesota's 134 U.S. Representatives or 39 Senators were born in the Granite State.

Republicans Fail to Pick up Democratic Seat in 200th Consecutive California U.S. House Race

The California GOP has not picked up a Democratic held U.S. House seat in general or special elections since 1998.

Bachmann Tries to Defy History's Long Trail of Failed U.S. Representative Presidential Bids

More than 30 presidential campaigns have been launched by sitting U.S. House members over the last 100 years; all have failed and more than 3/4 ultimately ran for reelection to their House seat

Bill O'Reilly Errs: Weiner Represents 40th Most Conservative Democratic U.S. House District

NY-09 not the "very, very far left district" O'Reilly claims it to be.

The Camera Does Not Lie: A Content Analysis of Anthony Weiner's Official House Photo Album

The camera catches Weiner without a suit jacket 50 percent of the time, his shirt sleeves rolled up in 37 percent of photos, and 23 percent of snapshots cannot confirm the congressman is wearing trousers.

The Quotable Weiner: A Second Look

He said what last month?

Bachmann Money Bomb Doubles Yield of 2009's 'Send a Message to the Left' Campaign

Team Bachmann raises $257,000+ in 36 hours targeting Obama vs. $118,000 over 48 hours in October 2009's campaign targeting Pelosi and Reid

With Hochul Victory, 1 in 5 Democrats First Entered US House via Special Election

15 percent of current U.S. Representatives (63 members) were first elected by special election including 20 percent of the current Democratic caucus

Media Misfires During NY-26 Election Night Coverage

Erroneous statements abound during coverage and analysis of NY-26 Tuesday evening

NY-26: One in Four U.S. House Seats Flipped in Special Elections Since 2002

Special elections have seen 9 of 37 seats change parties over the last 9+ years, or 24.3 percent of all races

Tarryl Clark in 2012: How Many Minnesota U.S. Representatives Lost Their First House Race?

Nearly one out of six Minnesota U.S. Representatives in history did not win their first congressional race

Dennis Kucinich Reelection Scheme from Washington Would Make U.S. History

No U.S. Representative has won reelection in back-to-back cycles after moving to a new state in the history of the House

Gingrich Launches First Presidential Bid by House Speaker Since 1940

Gingrich becomes just the 4th sitting or ex-House Speaker to run for president since 1900 and the first since World War II

Joe Donnelly Tries to Pull a Quayle

Only one sitting U.S. House member has won a Senate race from Indiana since popular vote elections were introduced: Dan Quayle

Pence Seeks First Governorship by Sitting Indiana Congressman Since 1888

A sitting U.S. Representative from Indiana has not won a gubernatorial election in 123 years

A House Divided: A Content Analysis of Congressional Press Releases on the bin Laden Killing

Less than 25 percent of Republican U.S. House members give credit to Obama in press releases on the bin Laden kill; less than 3 percent of Democrats acknowledge Bush

Bachmann Raising 44 Percent More Out of State Money Per Capita in Obama vs. McCain States

States won by Barack Obama in 2008 populate 21 of the Top 25 slots in per capita large donor out of state donations to Bachmann's 2012 campaign

Andre Carson and Keith Ellison Respond to bin Laden Killing

Ellison's relative Twitter silence on the killing of bin Laden is noteworthy insomuch as the congressman had tweeted 14 times over the weekend including six times on Sunday



Political Crumbs

Six for Thirteen

Collin Peterson remarked last month that he is leaning to run for reelection to Minnesota's 7th Congressional District in 2016. If he does and is victorious, he will creep even closer to the top of the list of the longest-serving U.S. Representatives in Minnesota history. The DFL congressman is only the sixth Minnesotan to win at least 13 terms to the U.S. House of the 135 elected to the chamber in state history. Peterson trails 18-term DFLer Jim Oberstar (1975-2011), 16-term Republicans Harold Knutson (1917-1949) and August Andresen (1925-1933; 1935-1958), and 14-term DFLers Martin Sabo (1979-2007) and John Blatnik (1947-1974). Andresen died in office, Sabo and Blatnik retired, and Knutson and Oberstar were defeated at the ballot box in 1948 and 2010 respectively. At 70 years, 7 months, 11 days through Monday, Peterson is currently the ninth oldest Gopher State U.S. Representative in history. DFLer Rick Nolan of the 8th CD is the seventh oldest at 71 years, 1 month, 23 days.


Seeing Red

Congressman Nick Rahall's failed bid for a 20th term in West Virginia this cycle, combined with a narrow loss by Nick Casey to Alex Mooney in Shelley Moore Capito's open seat, means that West Virginia Democrats will be shut out of the state's U.S. House delegation for the first time in over 90 years. The Republican sweep by two-term incumbent David McKinley in the 1st CD, Mooney in the 2nd, and Evan Jenkins over Rahall in the 3rd marks the first time the GOP has held all seats in the chamber from West Virginia since the Election of 1920. During the 67th Congress (1921-1923) all six seats from the state were controlled by the GOP. Since the Election of 1922, Democrats have won 76 percent of all U.S. House elections in the Mountain State - capturing 172 seats compared to 54 for the GOP.


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