Archive for October 2015
House Speaker Elections by the Numbers
More than 550 men and women have received votes for the speakership since the 1st Congress out of nearly 41,000 votes cast.Read More
Should Marco Rubio Resign?
Of the 50 presidential candidacies by sitting U.S. Senators since 1972, only one saw a candidate resign before Election Day – and that was after securing his party’s nomination.Read More
Though it was not an official announcement, Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson released a statement on Monday that, in passing, stated he would be running for reelection in 2018. Nelson, who would be 76 years old on Election Day 2018, is setting his sights on becoming just the fourth Floridian to win a fourth…Read More
How Low Will They Go?
Mississippi Democrats are bracing for a bloodbath next Tuesday when the party is poised to record its worst showing in a gubernatorial election there since Reconstruction with truck driver and first-time office seeker Robert Gray as its nominee. Gray shockingly won the Democratic primary this summer without spending any money (or voting in the race)…Read More
Survive and Advance: Will David Vitter Win Louisiana’s Governorship?
It has been 110 years since a sitting or former U.S. Senator from Louisiana won – or even ran for – the top office in Louisiana politics.Read More
Ryan Would Be 13th Wisconsinite to Win House Speaker Votes in State History
The high water mark of support for a Wisconsin Congressman is 17 votes for progressive Republican Henry Cooper set during the contentious 1923 election.Read More
Will Feingold or Johnson Get a US Senate Primary Challenger?
Both major party nominees have run unopposed in just three of the 37 Wisconsin U.S. Senate primaries in state history.Read More
Demoted? Charlie Crist and a History of Governors Elected to the US House
Since 1900, more than two-dozen ex- or sitting governors have won elections to the House of Representatives, although only four over the last 50+ years.Read More
Ex-Presidents Loom Large in 2016 Presidential Debates
Fourteen ex-presidents have been mentioned over 100 times collectively this debate season with two former commanders in chief accounting for more than two-thirds of them. Any guesses?Read More
Paul Ryan Would Be Youngest House Speaker Since 1860s
Not since Maine’s James Blaine has the House of Representatives elected a Speaker as young as Wisconsin’s Ryan.Read More