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On the Hot Seat: US Senate Plurality-Vote Winners

Nearly 40 percent of plurality vote winners of U.S. Senate contests have lost their seat in the next election; three are on the ballot in 2014 (Begich, Franken, Merkley).

Minnesota Republican US Senate Primaries by the Numbers

The GOP is coming off its most competitive Senate primary since 1934; Julianne Ortman will become the 10th female GOP U.S. Senate primary candidate if she wins (or ignores) her party's endorsement.

Mark Pryor Could Face Historic Defeat in 2014

No incumbent U.S. Senator has lost a general election race coming off a victory in which he did not face a major party opponent.

It's Tough Being Beautiful: Falling Down The Hill

Six alumni of The Hill's "Most Beautiful" list lost election bids in 2012; nearly 40 percent of officeholders to make the list have been defeated, resigned in scandal, or retired from political office.

Harry Byrd's Death Leaves 167 Living Ex-Senators

Minnesota has the most living former Senators with eight while six states have only one (Hawaii, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming).

Michelle Nunn: A Return to Dynastic Politics in Georgia?

More than two-dozen Georgia U.S. Senators and Representatives had family members who previously served in Congress - but none since Sam Nunn in 1972.

Will Democrats Run a Candidate in Every 2014 US Senate Race?

Democrats have failed to field a U.S. Senate candidate in as many races since 2000 as they did from 1930 through 1999 (eight).

Could Liz Cheney End Wyoming's GOP Incumbency Streak?

All 17 Wyoming Republican U.S. Senate incumbents running for reelection have won their renomination bids over the last century.

Yankee Doodle Dandies: 40 Members of Congress Born on July 4th

Over the past 284 years, 40 eventual U.S. Senators and Representatives from 22 states were born on the 4th of July.

Do the Numbers Add Up for Mitch McConnell?

McConnell is 1 of just 6 U.S. Senators in history to win three of their first five consecutive terms by single digits. Three subsequently retired. A fourth - Bob Packwood - resigned. The fifth? Harry Reid.

McConnell Bucking History: Kentucky Has Nation's Highest Senator Turnover Rate

The Minority Leader has the longest Senate tenure in Kentucky history, even though the state's two Senate seats have turned over 77 times, or an average of once per 2.8 years - the highest rate in the country.

Paying His Dues: Markey Shatters Senate Record for Prior House Service

The newest member of the U.S. Senate breaks a record that had been held for 88 years - by a predecessor of his own Senate seat.

How Long Will Ed Markey Serve?

Markey is the 11th oldest candidate to win a U.S. Senate special election out of more than 170 men and women since the passage of the 17th Amendment.

US Senate Special Elections by the Numbers

Which two states have held seven special elections since 1913? Which two states have yet to hold one? And which Senator was elected via special election three times?

Jim Abeler: Leading Off the Senate Roll Call Vote in 2015?

Only three U.S. Senators in history had a name earlier in the alphabet than the budding 2014 Republican Senate candidate; no Minnesotan has ever topped the chamber's roll call list.

Chiesa to Tally 4th Shortest Senate Tenure in New Jersey History

Chris Christie's appointee will serve just 129 days in the Senate - the fourth shortest stint among the 65 U.S. Senators to serve from New Jersey since statehood.

How Long Will New Jersey's US Senate Seat Remain Vacant?

New Jersey has endured 27 vacancies throughout history totaling more than three years; four vacancies have lasted more than 100 days.

Unusual Exits: Congressional Deaths By or On Trains

Nearly two-dozen ex- or sitting members of Congress have been killed by or on trains in U.S. history.

Edward Baker: The Lone Sitting Member of Congress Killed in War

The longtime friend of Abraham Lincoln died at the Battle of Balls Bluff with the rank of major general in 1861 while also serving in the U.S. Senate from Oregon.

Will Pat O'Brien Enter South Dakota's US Senate Race?

Ten years after flirting with a gubernatorial run, the sports and entertainment newsman drops a hint of his future plans on the Adam Carolla Show podcast.



Political Crumbs

73 Months and Counting

January's preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Minnesota's unemployment rate of 3.7 percent was once again lower than Wisconsin's 5.0 percent. That marks the 73rd consecutive month in which Minnesota has boasted a lower jobless rate than its neighbor to the east dating back to January 2009 including each of the last 67 months by at least one point. The Gopher State has now edged Wisconsin in the employment border battle for 204 of the last 216 months dating back to February 1997. Wisconsin only managed a lower unemployment rate than Minnesota for the 12 months of 2008 during this 18-year span.


Two Dakotas, One Voice?

For each of the last 24 presidential elections since 1920, North and South Dakota have voted in unison - casting their ballots for the same nominee. For 21 of these cycles (including each of the last 12 since 1968) Republicans carried the Dakotas with just three cycles going to the Democrats (1932, 1936, and 1964). This streak stands in contrast to the first few decades after statehood when North and South Dakota supported different nominees in four of the first seven cycles. North Dakota narrowly backed Populist James Weaver in 1892 while South Dakota voted for incumbent Republican Benjamin Harrison. In 1896, it was North Dakota backing GOPer William McKinley while South Dakota supported Democrat William Jennings Bryan by less than 200 votes. North Dakota voted Democratic in 1912 and 1916 supporting Woodrow Wilson while South Dakota cast its Electoral College votes for Progressive Teddy Roosevelt and Republican Charles Hughes respectively.


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