Getting historic on your favorite Senate race (with pretty graphs)

Getting historic on your favorite Senate race (with pretty graphs)


Call this everything you need to know about the results of the Udall-Gardner race — except the actual winner.

The Wall Street Journal did a deep dive into electoral history and found that people are increasingly likely to elect a senator who is from the same party that won the state’s most recent presidential vote.

The Washington Post dug even deeper and looked at individual states, including – yes – Colorado. Meaning we could, uh, borrow from the Post while the Post, uh, borrowed from the Journal, and you get the idea.

In any case, what the Post found — using a very handsome graph, indeed — was that in every Colorado Senate election since 1988 but one (the George W. Bush/Ken Salazar year of 2004), the presidential-winning party also got the next senator.

This could be great news for Mark Udall. Or not. After all, as Churchill noted, history is written by the victors.

[Photo of U.S. Capitol building by Anthony Quintano via Flickr/Creative Commons.]

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