A HISTORIC SCRAMBLE FOR RE-ELECTION
Some lawmakers have some drama all their own this fall. There’s a near record-breaking number of GOP senators running for re-election says Eric Ostermeier, a University of Minnesota political professor who reports there are more Republicans running for reelection to the chamber in 2016 than in nearly a century.
21 seek reelection — the largest number of GOP incumbents vying for another term since 1926 when 28 ran for reelection. Seven lost their bid that year.
The party average is 13, Mr. Ostermeier says, noting that Republicans currently hold 54 seats entering November’s contests. The crowded field is apparently a by-product of the tea party’s glory days.
“Part of the reason an elevated number of Republicans are facing reelection this cycle is because the GOP netted six seats during the tsunami of 2010,” he adds. Find this and other observations from the good professor here: SmartPoliticsBlog.org