A look back at which political institutions were covered the most at Smart Politics in 2013.
A Pressler victory in 2014 would give him the record for the longest gap in U.S. Senate service in the direct election era.
Appointed U.S. Senators who subsequently run for their seat have been elected only a shade above 50 percent of the time.
Iowans will send their least experienced delegation to the 114th Congress since the 1970s and fourth least experienced since the end of World War II.
Only one Democrat has won 40 percent of the vote in 25 Yellowhammer State 1st CD races since 1966.
Six states have yet to elect a woman to the U.S. House of Representatives, but one is poised to be crossed off that list in 2014.
Only 4 of 31 Texas U.S. Senate candidacies by sitting or ex-U.S. Representatives have been successful in the direct election era.
Bay State Republicans have lost 92 contests in a row and picked off just 2 of 294 Democratic-held Massachusetts U.S. House seats since 1944.
If Oregon's Democratic governor is reelected in 2014 and serves out the entirety of his fourth term, he will trail only Iowa's Terry Branstad in all-time gubernatorial service since 1789.
The 44th president quoted or referred to the South African leader an average of once every 88 days in office before his death.
Minnesotans have elected a Democratic governor with a Democrat in the White House in just four of 28 cycles since statehood - with none in their second term.
Only two of 13 GOP 2016 primary polls conducted since April have included the Texas governor's name.
With a successful challenge of Jeanne Shaheen in 2014, Smith would tie Dan Coats' modern mark for the longest gap in U.S. Senate service in the direct election era.
Minnesotans have never flipped a U.S. Senate seat in back-to-back-to-back elections.