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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.

A Brief History of Republican SOTU Responses

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the fifth woman from the GOP to deliver a televised opposition response and the second youngest member overall in a congressional leadership position to do so.

Will Oregon's 2014 Gubernatorial Race Be a Snoozer?

On the heels of the state's most competitive race for governor in more than a half-century, there is little buzz so far about Oregon's 2014 contest.

Gubernatorial Scorecard: The Last 10 Elections by State

Democrats have stumbled to their third worst record in the country in Rhode Island but have won 31 of 40 races in Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Projections: 2012 Gubernatorial Races

Western states to provide high drama late Tuesday down the ballot.

Can Rob McKenna End the Nation's Longest GOP Gubernatorial Election Drought?

It has been 32 years since voters in Washington State elected a Republican governor - the longest GOP dry spell in any state.

Kucinich Flirtation with Washington Yields Modest Fundraising Boost from Evergreen State

The State of Washington ranks fifth in large donor contributions (and eighth per capita) to Kucinich's 2012 reelection campaign.

Old Guard 2012 US Senate Incumbent Fundraising Down Millions from 2006

Contributions have dropped more than $6 million in real dollars among the nine 2+ term Senators on the ballot in 2012; almost all among Democrats.

Dennis Kucinich Reelection Scheme from Washington Would Make U.S. History

No U.S. Representative has won reelection in back-to-back cycles after moving to a new state in the history of the House

Still thinking about running for the U.S. Senate? You're Too Late

No non-incumbent has won a U.S. Senate seat by announcing their candidacy this late in the election cycle; the average length of successful U.S. Senate campaigns since 2000 has been 447 days

Live Blog: Washington Primary

10:00 p.m. The Republican Party held its primary in Washington State tonight. The GOP also held caucuses on February 9th, in a contest narrowly won by John McCain over Mike Huckabee. 10:10 p.m. All 3 cable networks have called the GOP race for John McCain. The non-binding primary on the...

Live Blog: Washington State GOP Caucus

8:22 p.m. Eighteen of Washington's 40 GOP convention delegates are awarded from today's caucuses, with 19 delegates tied to the state's primary on February 19th. 8:25 p.m. Republican Caucus (16% reporting) McCain = 27% Huckabee = 26% Paul = 21% Romney = 17% Uncommitted = 9% 9:18 p.m. Republican Caucus...

Obama Wins Washington State Caucuses

8:06 p.m. Barack Obama's dominance over Hillary Clinton in caucus states continues with his second victory of the day, this time in the state of Washington. CNN, NBC, and Fox News have all projected Obama the winner. Democratic Caucuses (57% reporting) Obama = 67% Clinton = 32% This is Obama's...

McCain Still Top GOP Dog In Battleground States

As tracked here at Smart Politics over the past few months, John McCain continues to prove to be the strongest Republican candidate to defeat the Democrats in 2008. McCain consistently, and by wide margins, polls better than his chief GOP rivals in almost all key battleground states—those states that Republicans...



Political Crumbs

Strike Three for Miller-Meeks

Iowa Republicans had a banner day on November 4th, picking up both a U.S. Senate seat and one U.S. House seat, but Mariannette Miller-Meeks' defeat in her third attempt to oust Democrat Dave Loebsack in the 2nd CD means the GOP will not have a monopoly on the state's congressional delegation in the 114th Congress. The loss by Miller-Meeks (following up her defeats in 2008 and 2010) means major party nominees who lost their first two Iowa U.S. House races are now 0 for 10 the third time around in Iowa history. Miller-Meeks joins Democrat William Leffingwell (1858, 1868, 1870), Democrat Anthony Van Wagenen (1894, 1912 (special), 1912), Democrat James Murtagh (1906, 1914, 1916), Democrat Clair Williams (1944, 1946, 1952), Democrat Steven Carter (1948, 1950, 1956), Republican Don Mahon (1966, 1968, 1970), Republican Tom Riley (1968, 1974, 1976), Democrat Eric Tabor (1986, 1988, 1990), and Democrat Bill Gluba (1982, 1988, 2004) on the Hawkeye State's Three Strikes list.


Larry Pressler Wins the Silver

Larry Pressler may have fallen short in his long-shot, underfunded, and understaffed bid to return to the nation's upper legislative chamber, but he did end up notching the best showing for a non-major party South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate in more than 90 years. Pressler won 17.1 percent of the vote which is the best showing for an independent or third party U.S. Senate candidate in the state since 1920 when non-partisan candidate Tom Ayres won 24.1 percent in a race won by Republican Peter Norbeck. Overall, Pressler's 17.1 percent is good for the second best mark for a non-major party candidate across the 35 U.S. Senate contests in South Dakota history. Independent and third party candidates have appeared on the South Dakota U.S. Senate ballot just 25 times over the last century and only three have reached double digits: Pressler in 2014 and Ayres in 1920 and 1924 (12.1 percent). Pressler's defeat means he won't become the oldest candidate elected to the chamber in South Dakota history nor notch the record for the longest gap in service in the direct election era.


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