In just over a month, the college football season will be in full swing with the Nebraska Cornhuskers much-anticipated arrival in the Big 10. Nebraska has a 39-6 record (.867) against current Big 10 teams since 1962, with 11 victories and only one loss since 1985 (a 40-7 blowout suffered at Penn State in 2002). However, the team only has a record of 78-68-9 (.532) against its 11 new conference rivals all-time. Nebraska's school record against its slate of Big 10 opponents in 2011 is 64-56-5 (.532) with winning records against Michigan State (5-0), Iowa (26-12-3), Northwestern (2-1), and Wisconsin (3-2), and losing records against Penn State (6-7), Minnesota (20-29-2), Michigan (2-3), and Ohio State (0-2). The Cornhuskers also have a winning record against Illinois (7-2-1) and losing records against Indiana (7-9-3) and Purdue (0-1).
The North Carolina U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis may go down to the wire next Tuesday, but along the way Libertarian nominee Sean Haugh is poised to set a state record for a non-major party candidate. Haugh, who previously won 1.5 percent of the vote in the Tar Heel State's 2002 race, has polled at or above five percent in 10 of the last 12 polls that included his name. The current high water mark for a third party or independent candidate in a North Carolina U.S. Senate election is just 3.3 percent, recorded by Libertarian Robert Emory back in 1992. Only one other candidate has eclipsed the three percent mark - Libertarian Christopher Cole with 3.1 percent in 2008.
Two sitting governors currently hold the record for the highest gubernatorial vote ever received in their respective states by a non-incumbent: Republican Matt Mead of Wyoming (65.7 percent in 2010) and outgoing GOPer Dave Heineman of Nebraska (73.4 percent in 2006). Republican Gary Herbert of Utah had not previously won a gubernatorial contest when he notched a state record 64.1 percent for his first victory in 2010, but was an incumbent at the time after ascending to the position in 2009 after the early departure of Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, two sitting governors hold the record in their states for the lowest mark ever recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate (incumbent or otherwise): independent-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island (36.1 percent in 2010) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (47.8 percent in 2013).
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