A HIS­TORIC SCRAM­BLE FOR RE-ELEC­TION

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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

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