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October 2013


Back to Back to Back? Will Another Minnesota US Rep Fall in 2014?

It's been 50 years since the last time incumbents from the Gopher State U.S. House delegation were defeated in three consecutive cycles.

Sarvis Eyes Record Book in Virginia Gubernatorial Race

The third option in Virginia's top of the ballot race next week will likely rank among the Top 3 performances by a Libertarian gubernatorial nominee in party history.

Which States Have the Highest Rates of Female Gubernatorial Nominees?

Western states dominate the top of the list, with Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, and Wyoming all in the Top 10.

It's All Relative: Florida US Representatives Edition

11 percent of Florida's U.S. Representatives in history had family members who previously served in Congress.

Thad Cochran and the Elusive 7th Term

More than half of the six-term U.S. Senators over the last century did not run for a seventh term, were defeated at the ballot box, or died in office.

Two and Done: Tim Griffin's Abrupt Exit from the US House

89 percent of the 80 two-term Arkansas U.S. Representatives since statehood ran for a third term or higher office that cycle.

Gene Taylor Contemplating Rare Comeback in Mississippi

It has been nearly 130 years since the last Mississippi U.S. Representative returned to the chamber after losing a seat at the ballot box.

Claude Pepper, Dwight Rogers Only Florida US Reps to Die in Office

Reports of Bill Young's death on Thursday were premature; 72 of the state's 132 U.S. House members in history are still alive.

How Often Are Female Gubernatorial Nominees Victorious?

Incumbent female governors have won 83 percent of the time, while female challengers have won just six percent of gubernatorial general election contests.

Tom Foley and GOP Eye Rare Split-Ticket Upset in Connecticut

For the first time in the Democratic vs Republican era, one party could sweep Connecticut's congressional seats while the other wins the governorship.

Collin Peterson's Fundraising Numbers Not a Retirement 'Tell'

Although Democratic alarm bells are ringing, Peterson's off-year fundraising tally is actually up in 2013 compared to his average hauls over the last decade.

Is There a Doctor in the Senate?

Elections in Georgia and Louisiana could bring the number of physicians in the Senate in 2015 to its highest level in 150+ years.

Will Wisconsin Elect a Female Governor in 2014?

Women have yet to land a major party gubernatorial nomination in the Badger State, but that may all change with Mary Burke in 2014.

Unusual Entrances: Clergymen Turned US Senators

North Carolina's Mark Harris is trying to add his name to a list of less than two-dozen members of the clergy who have served in the Senate in U.S. history and only three who were elected to the chamber since the turn of the 19th Century.

Going Green: Alabama's Soon to Be Inexperienced US House Delegation

The Yellowhammer State is on a path to notch one of its least experienced U.S. House delegations over the last 100 years.