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Rounds Seeks 1st US Senate Win for ex-South Dakota Governor

No former governor has ever won a U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota, with the last sitting governor to do so 70 years ago.

Forerunners of the Fiscal Cliff

Chuck Grassley, Jeff Flake, Jim DeMint, and Kent Conrad have warned about budgetary fiscal cliffs for years.

Iceberg: Split-Ticket Voting Leaves GOPers Cold in Two Northern US Senate Races

North Dakota's Rick Berg and Montana's Denny Rehberg were the latest Republican victims of a rich history of split-ticket voting in their respective states.

All-Republican US Senate Delegation Wait Continues in Florida, Wisconsin, North Dakota

The three states have not been represented by two Republicans in the U.S. Senate for a combined 244 years and counting.

Record-Setting 3rd Party and Independent Candidacies Abound in 2012 US Senate Races

Five candidates set all-time statewide records for non-major party candidates in U.S. Senate races this cycle.

Dean Heller Makes History in Nevada

Heller is the first Republican in Nevada to be elected to the U.S. Senate while the state votes for the Democratic presidential nominee since the introduction of popular vote elections.

Republicans Tally Lowest US Senate Vote in Maryland History

Republican nominee Dan Bongino wins just over 25 percent of the vote - the lowest ever mark for either major party across 35 U.S. Senate contests in state history.

Projections: 2012 U.S. Senate Races

Early expectations of a Republican takeover of the nation's upper legislative chamber may have lost steam, but close races still abound.

Romney-Bills and Klobuchar-Obama Voter Gaps Could Make History in Minnesota

Kurt Bills is running 22 points behind his party's presidential nominee in Minnesota according to a new Star Tribune poll - on pace to eclipse the worst-ever mark of -17 points since the DFL merger in 1944.

GOP Bracing for 2nd Worst Finish in MN US Senate Race Since Great Depression

Kurt Bills' poll numbers show him with the second lowest support of any GOP U.S. Senate nominee since 1944 and third lowest since direct elections began 100 years ago.

Libertarian Candidates Surging in US Senate Contests

Libertarian hopefuls in Michigan and Missouri are on pace to notch the best ever showing for a non-major party U.S. Senate candidate in their respective states.

US Senate Twitter Rankings: McCain, Sanders, Reid, Paul, Grassley

More than 85 senators maintain official U.S. Senate Twitter accounts with John McCain touting the most followers; Marco Rubio has the most followers among senators with non-governmental Twitter accounts.

Rob Sobhani Poised to Crush Maryland US Senate Election Mark

A new poll shows the businessman and independent on pace for a record setting performance for a non-major party candidate in a Maryland U.S. Senate contest.

GOPer Bills Would Engage Grover Norquist in "Verbal or Physical Confrontation" Over Taxes

A champion of the 'great compromise,' Minnesota's GOP U.S. Senate nominee is open to tax increases and vows, "I don't care if I have to have a verbal or physical confrontation with Grover Norquist."

Will a Libertarian Tilt Missouri's U.S. Senate Race?

The victory margin in only 1 of 37 Missouri U.S. Senate races has been narrower than the vote received by the leading third place candidate.

Schizophrenic Electorates or Short Obama Coattails? D/R Split Ticket Voting in 2012

Connecticut, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin are five of 18 states never to split their ticket by voting for a Democratic presidential nominee and a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in the same cycle.

Changing Tides? GOP Eyes Rare Majority Control of Upper Midwest Senate Delegation

After November, Democrats in the five-state Upper Midwest region could control less than half of the 10 U.S. Senate seats for only the 4th time in 50 Years.

Thompson Wins Most Competitive Wisconsin GOP US Senate Primary Since 1957

The former governor's 3.1-point win over Eric Hovde is the sixth closest in party history out of 37 contests.

Todd Akin Seeks to Complete the Republican Hat Trick

Including GOPers Jim Talent (2002) and Roy Blunt (2010), just 5 Missouri U.S. House members have been elected to the Senate since 1914; nearly three times as many have failed.

Missouri GOP US Senate Barnburner Poised for Closest Primary Finish in 56 Years

Only three of the 35 Republican primaries for the U.S. Senate have been decided by less than 10 points in state history with the average margin of victory at more than 50 points.



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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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