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The Revolution Continues: 3rd Party and Independent US Senate Candidacies in 2 Charts

The rate of third party and independent U.S. Senate candidacies over the last two decades has increased 60+ percent compared to the first 75 years of the direct election era; 2014 may make the biggest splash yet.

Why Are We Obsessed with the 2014 US Senate Elections?

Control of the upper legislative chamber has flipped in just one out of five cycles since 1914.

Will New Hampshire Split Its Gubernatorial and US Senate Vote in 2014?

Electing a Democratic governor and a Republican U.S. Senator has been a common practice in the Granite State over the last half-century.

Mike Rounds Fact Check: Is South Dakota a Purple State?

Rounds stretches the truth about the electoral history of the Mount Rushmore State in an interview with Bloomberg News.

Strange Bedfellows: A Historical Review of Divided US Senate Delegations

Over the last century, states have been twice as likely to be represented by a single political party in the U.S. Senate than have a split delegation; only Delaware, Iowa, and Illinois have been divided more than half the time.

Can Dayton, Franken Both Win By Double-Digits in 2014?

The DFL/Democratic parties have won Minnesota gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests in the same cycle in just three out of 25 elections and never by double-digits in both.

Rise of the Independents? Greg Orman Victory Would Make Senate History

No more than two independents have served in the chamber at the same time; the last time three non-major party officeholders served in the U.S. Senate was 1940.

Can Iowa's Split US Senate Delegation Tradition Save Bruce Braley?

The Hawkeye State has the second highest rate in the nation over the last 100 years of sending members from two different parties to the nation's upper legislative chamber.

Democratic US Senators Slow Out of the Gate to Respond to Syrian Bombing

Republican U.S. Senators issued press releases on the air strikes within the first 24 hours at more than twice the rate of Democrats and at four times the rate for those who are running for reelection in 2014.

42 Members of Congress Who Were Born in Scotland

Twenty states have been represented in Congress by a Scottish-born U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator, including one Speaker of the House.

Media Analysis: Iowa US Senate Race Is 2014's True Toss-up

A study of 2014 U.S. Senate race ratings finds the odds of a pick-up in Iowa's race between Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst are closer to 50-50 than any other contest in the country.

US Senators Record Renomination Sweep for 15th Time Since 1914

Incumbency advantage alert: 11 of these 15 cycles have occurred since 1982.

Sullivan Advances with Lowest GOP US Senate Primary Support in Alaska History

The Alaska GOP nominee is the first to advance to a U.S. Senate general election with only plurality support.

Wyoming Primary Election Results By the Numbers

Enzi continues the perfect renomination streak of Wyoming U.S. Senators - 28 for 28 since the first primary contest 1916; Lummis extends renomination streak by Cowboy State U.S. Representatives to 19 in a row since 1972.

Hawaii Primary Roundup

Neil Abercrombie is the first Hawaii governor to lose a renomination bid while Brian Schatz avoided becoming the first Aloha State U.S. Senator to do so.

Alexander Records Weakest Primary Win for GOP US Senator in Tennessee History

Alexander becomes the fifth Republican U.S. Senator to set a low water mark for an incumbent in a GOP primary election this cycle.

Scott Brown Could Become 1st US Senate Nominee to Lose to Two Women

A primary victory will make Brown just the fourth U.S. Senate candidate in history to face major party female nominees in three different cycles; he could also become the first to lose in two of them.

Which States Elect the "Most Beautiful" People to Congress?

South Dakotans elect the highest rate of beautiful legislators, if The Hill's annual list is a guide for such a measure.

Democrats Fail to Field a US Senate Nominee for Just 26th Time in History

Failing to run a candidate in Alabama this cycle, Democrats now account for nine of the last 11 U.S. Senate elections since 2000 with only one major party candidate on the ballot.

Georgia Republican US Senate Primary Runoff By the Numbers

Turnout dropped only 20 percent from May's runoff in the second closest U.S. Senate primary runoff in Georgia history.

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Gubernatorial Highs and Lows

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).


An Idaho Six Pack

Two-term Idaho Republican Governor Butch Otter only polled at 39 percent in a recent PPP survey of the state's 2014 race - just four points ahead of Democratic businessman A.J. Balukoff. Otter's low numbers reflect his own struggles as a candidate (witness his weak primary win against State Senator Russ Fulcher) combined with the opportunity for disgruntled Idahoans to cast their votes for one of four third party and independent candidates, who collectively received the support of 12 percent of likely voters: Libertarian John Bujak, the Constitution Party's Steve Pankey, and independents Jill Humble and Pro-Life (aka Marvin Richardson). The six candidate options in a gubernatorial race sets an all-time record in the Gem State across the 46 elections conducted since statehood. The previous high water mark of five candidates was reached in seven previous cycles: 1902, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1966, and 2010.


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