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Why Clinton vs. Bush Would Be a Very, Very Unique Presidential Matchup

It has been nearly 120 years since the last time both major parties nominated candidates who were not currently serving in elected or appointed political office.

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Bernie Sanders Becomes 5th Presidential Candidate in Vermont History

Can the Vermont U.S. Senator eclipse George Edmunds and Howard Dean as the strongest ever Green Mountain State presidential hopeful?

A Brief History of Kentucky Democratic Gubernatorial Primaries

Jack Conway is poised to post the best showing by a Kentucky Democratic candidate in a contested gubernatorial primary in state history

A Brief History of Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primaries

Only four of the party's two-dozen gubernatorial races have been decided by single digits with only two first-place finishers receiving less than 50 percent of the vote.

Will 3rd Time Be a Charm for Bill McCollum in Florida?

A 2016 run would make McCollum just the second Floridian to attempt a third U.S. Senate campaign after two failed attempts; McCollum would also become the oldest newly elected Senator in state history.
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Slam Dunk: Will 36 Record Presidential Winning Streaks Continue in 2016?

Three-dozen states are currently in the midst of their longest Democratic or Republican presidential winning streaks.

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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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