Only one other national convention speech by a presidential nominee's wife in history has incorporated as many family unit buzzwords as Ann Romney Tuesday evening (Hillary Clinton, 1996).
A third consecutive poll finds Mitt Romney within single digits of the president in the Nutmeg State.
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.
National political conventions have been frequently held in states in which the sitting governor does not attend (though usually a governor from the opposing party).
The last eight vice-presidential nominees from the Midwest have carried their home state dating back to 1944 .
Only three previous individuals - all Democrats - have won the vice-presidency and were reelected to their seat on Capitol Hill on Election Day.
The last time the margin between first and third place was less than nine points in a Minnesota U.S. House primary race was 1942
The last time a Republican incumbent won a lower percentage of the vote in a Gopher State U.S. House primary was 1962 (Herman Carl Andersen).
The former governor's 3.1-point win over Eric Hovde is the sixth closest in party history out of 37 contests.
At 23 years, the 2012 Republican presidential ticket is tied for the seventh largest age differential in U.S. history out of the nearly 125 pairings who have received Electoral College votes.
Only one fellow presidential candidate has won the GOP VP nomination out of the last 15 cycles dating back to 1952.
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.
States carried by John McCain in 2008 host the fast food chain at a rate of nearly three times as many stores per resident as those won by Barack Obama.
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.
An analysis of major media outlets' election projection maps finds few can agree on a definitive list of toss-up states in the 2012 presidential race.
What is the preferred nomenclature in the broadcast media when discussing those key states that are up for grabs in the 2012 presidential election?
Only the 1972 Democratic runoff between former Senator Ralph Yarborough and Barefoot Sanders had a smaller drop in turnout of the 11 such U.S. Senate runoffs conducted since 1950