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Kentucky 2015 Gubernatorial Primary Results by the Numbers

A tale of two parties: the Kentucky GOP primary for governor was the most competitive in state history while Jack Conway won in the biggest ever blowout on the Democratic side.

Will Governor Tomblin Become Congressman Tomblin After 2016?

Only one West Virginia governor in history has subsequently served in the U.S. House.

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.

John Gregg Eyes Rare Rematch Against Mike Pence in 2016

Gregg vs Pence II would just be the second gubernatorial rematch in Indiana history and the first since 1834.

Undesirable Exits: Not All Long-Serving Governors Went Out On Their Own Terms

Forty percent of the longest-serving governors in U.S. history left office far short of a storybook ending.

Could Scott Walker Become Wisconsin's Strongest Presidential Candidate in History?

No Wisconsin presidential candidate has won more than two primaries or more than 41 delegates at a major party's national convention.

Kitzhaber Resignation Would Make History in Oregon

No Oregon governor has ever exited office before the end of his term under a cloud of scandal.

Going Home? Joe Manchin Eyes Rare Electoral Feat in 2016

In 2016, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin may become just the sixth former governor in the last 100 years who then won a U.S. Senate seat only to return to his gubernatorial post.

Wyoming and Tennessee: The Nation's Political Naysayers?

Ten states have voted against the party of the sitting president in every gubernatorial election since at least 1994 led by Wyoming and Tennessee; just two states have voted for the president's party during that span.

Charlie Baker Seeks Rare Victory in Super Bowl XLIX

Only two previous governors have had an NFL franchise from their state win the Super Bowl inside of their first month in office; another governor presided over four Super Bowl championships during his administration.

Perry Exits #10 in All-Time Gubernatorial Tenure

The Texan lands in the Top 10 for all-time service among statehood governors and #4 for consecutive service.

Democrats Dominating Minnesota Politics in Historic Fashion

All partisan statewide offices in Minnesota have been won by Democrats for two consecutive cycles for the first time in history.

Blue Islands in a Red Sea

Democratic gubernatorial winning streaks against the GOP have set or matched record highs in New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington, and California.

Daugaard Sets Record for Largest Gubernatorial Win in South Dakota History

All eyes were on the state's U.S. Senate race in 2014, but Dennis Daugaard quietly orchestrated the biggest gubernatorial victory in the state's 125-year history.

Plurality-Winning Governors Elected At Century-Long High Water Mark

The rate of gubernatorial candidates elected without the support of a majority of voters is at its highest level since the 1910s.

Brown and Kitzhaber Join the Exclusive 4x4 Club

Less than a dozen governors in U.S. history have been elected to four four-year terms - all since 1970.

Republicans Winning Midwestern Governorships at Near Record Rate

At 82 percent this decade, the GOP is enjoying its highest winning percentage in gubernatorial elections in the region since the 1920s.

Mark Begich and Sean Parnell Join Small Group in Defeat

Over the last 50 years, just five pairs of incumbent governors and U.S. Senators from different political parties in the same state have been defeated.

Will Alaskans "Throw All the Bums Out" for the First Time in History?

Alaskans have never voted both gubernatorial and U.S. Senate incumbents out of office in the same cycle; incumbents in all three statewide offices could lose Tuesday.

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Political Crumbs

Evolving?

When Scott Walker "punted" back in February after being asked if he was comfortable with the idea of evolution he added, "That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or the other." However, it may very well be a question that is asked at one of the upcoming GOP debates this year. In South Carolina during the first GOP debate in 2012, FOX News' Juan Williams asked Tim Pawlenty, "Do you equate the teaching of creationism with the teaching of evolution as the basis for what should be taught for our nation's schools?" Pawlenty replied, "There should be room in the curriculum for study of intelligent design" but that it was up to the local school districts if it should be in a science class or comparative theory class. At the fourth Republican debate held in California, Jon Huntsman addressed the GOP becoming "anti-science" thusly: "Listen, when you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I'm saying is that, in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science. We can't run from mainstream conservative philosophy."


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.


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