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Harry Reid to Retire as Nevada's Longest-Serving US Senator by 3 Days

Reid has already passed three Nevadans in his fifth term to move into second place and will claim the all-time mark on New Year's Day 2017.

Will Indiana Republicans Have Another Barnburner US Senate Primary in 2016?

The last two election cycles with a race for the upper legislative chamber have produced rare meaningful primary races for the Indiana GOP.

It's All Relative: Illinois US Representatives Edition

More than two-dozen Illinois U.S. Representatives throughout history had family members who previously served in Congress; will Darin LaHood be added to that list in 2015?

St. Patrick's Day Special: 129 Irish-Born Members of Congress

Nearly 130 U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Territorial Delegates were born in Ireland - with 40 percent serving New York and Pennsylvania.

Patrick Murphy and a Brief History of US Senate Bids by Florida US Reps

Sitting or ex- Florida U.S. Representatives have won U.S. Senate seats in just two of 17 attempts since 1970.

Will Maryland's 2016 Democratic US Senate Primary Be a Race for the Ages?

A look at Maryland's 35 previous Democratic U.S. Senate primaries by the numbers suggests Edwards and Van Hollen candidacies are unlikely to deter other 2016 hopefuls.

Maryland US Representatives Eye Mikulski's Senate Seat

Maryland U.S. Senators have paid their dues in the lower chamber at the fifth highest rate in the nation; a former U.S. Representative has held Mikulski's seat for 107 of the last 130 years.

Joe Sestak and Retread Pennsylvania US Senate Candidates By the Numbers

Only two failed U.S. Senate nominees from the Keystone State have sought a return to the chamber prior to Sestak - neither were victorious.

Will Dan Coats Retire from the US Senate (Again)?

None of the eight Indiana U.S. Senators who served longer than Coats left the chamber on their own terms.

Strickland Would Be Oldest True Freshman US Senator Popularly Elected to Full Term

Only a dozen U.S. Senators have been seated in the chamber for the first time at the age of 75+ years: nine were appointed, two were elected by state legislatures, and one won a special election.

Russ Feingold: An Unlikely Return to the Senate in 2016?

Only two defeated U.S. Senators have come back to win an election to the chamber since the mid-1950s.

Which States Are Likely to Split Their Presidential-US Senate Vote in 2016?

States have split their ballot only 29 percent of the time in presidential and U.S. Senate elections over the last century; 6% in NC, 11% in WI and 16% in IL (key 2016 battlegrounds).

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.

A Brief History of Illinois US Reps Running for Senate

Just eight sitting or ex-U.S. House members from Illinois have run for the U.S. Senate over the last 24 elections since 1944; the last time two or more faced off in a Senate primary was 1938.

Libertarians Notch Record-Setting Cycle in 2014 US Senate Elections

Nominees from the nation's largest third party set records in 10 states last cycle for the largest support ever recorded in a U.S. Senate election.

Who Has Won the Most Votes in US Senate Electoral History?

Only three of the Top 10 and nine of the Top 50 vote-getters of all time are currently serving in the chamber.

End of an Era: Grassley/Harkin Finish #3 for US Senate Delegation Service

The Iowa duo ends up with the bronze medal for serving alongside each other in the chamber for 30 years.

Home Sweet Home: How Many US Senators Serve Their Birth State?

Over the last 100 years, more U.S. Senators were born in Ohio than any other state; over 96 percent of Ohio U.S. Senators were born in the Buckeye State.

A Year in Smart Politics

A look back at some of the reports that made headlines from Smart Politics in 2014.

The Short Half-Life of a First-Term US Senator

Three fell in 2014 and more than half of all defeated U.S. Senators over the last 100 years have been in their first term; at least one first-term incumbent has lost reelection in 47 of the 51 election cycles during the direct election era.

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Political Crumbs

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.


Two Dakotas, One Voice?

For each of the last 24 presidential elections since 1920, North and South Dakota have voted in unison - casting their ballots for the same nominee. For 21 of these cycles (including each of the last 12 since 1968) Republicans carried the Dakotas with just three cycles going to the Democrats (1932, 1936, and 1964). This streak stands in contrast to the first few decades after statehood when North and South Dakota supported different nominees in four of the first seven cycles. North Dakota narrowly backed Populist James Weaver in 1892 while South Dakota voted for incumbent Republican Benjamin Harrison. In 1896, it was North Dakota backing GOPer William McKinley while South Dakota supported Democrat William Jennings Bryan by less than 200 votes. North Dakota voted Democratic in 1912 and 1916 supporting Woodrow Wilson while South Dakota cast its Electoral College votes for Progressive Teddy Roosevelt and Republican Charles Hughes respectively.


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