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Are there any historical Senate election years that you feel were particularly significant? For example, the control of Senate was in balance? Or one party was close to gaining a super-majority?

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4 minutes ago, admin_270 said:

Are there any historical Senate election years that you feel were particularly significant? For example, the control of Senate was in balance? Or one party was close to gaining a super-majority?

The 2000 Senate election gave us a 50/50 split in the Senate, right before 9/11 hit.  That was pretty significant, and led to a bit of party jumping and other chess moves as each side tried to gain the upper hand.

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@admin_270 presidents with 60+ (or 60%) Senators at some point in their presidency:

  • Washington
  • John Adams
  • Jefferson
  • Madison (first to have supermajority throughout---and two terms!)
  • Monroe
  • Van Buren
  • Polk
  • Pierce
  • Buchanan
  • Lincoln
  • Grant
  • McKinley
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Taft
  • Harding
  • FDR
  • JFK
  • LBJ
  • Carter

Presidents with a supermajority against them:

  • Tyler
  • Taylor
  • Fillmore
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Cleveland (2nd non-c term)
  • Hoover
  • Eisenhower
  • Ford

Of those after Carter and Ford, Obama is the closest to 60+, he had 58, but also 2 independents that were allied, so he unofficially joins that top list. The first Bush at 43 Senators was the closest to making that 2nd list. Carter saw his party lose 12 Senators in one election. That might be a record (Obama lost 9). I think if Carter had been remotely politically savvy there's a chance the Republicans would never had gained the Senate majority until either the mid 1990s, later 2000s, or possibly not at all. 

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35 minutes ago, vcczar said:

@admin_270 presidents with 60+ (or 60%) Senators at some point in their presidency:

  • Washington
  • John Adams
  • Jefferson
  • Madison (first to have supermajority throughout---and two terms!)
  • Monroe
  • Van Buren
  • Polk
  • Pierce
  • Buchanan
  • Lincoln
  • Grant
  • McKinley
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Taft
  • Harding
  • FDR
  • JFK
  • LBJ
  • Carter

Presidents with a supermajority against them:

  • Tyler
  • Taylor
  • Fillmore
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Cleveland (2nd non-c term)
  • Hoover
  • Eisenhower
  • Ford

Of those after Carter and Ford, Obama is the closest to 60+, he had 58, but also 2 independents that were allied, so he unofficially joins that top list. The first Bush at 43 Senators was the closest to making that 2nd list. Carter saw his party lose 12 Senators in one election. That might be a record (Obama lost 9). I think if Carter had been remotely politically savvy there's a chance the Republicans would never had gained the Senate majority until either the mid 1990s, later 2000s, or possibly not at all. 

Though before 1914, Senators weren't elected, but chosen by State Legislatures, which completely changes the dynamic of support and likely support.

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25 minutes ago, Patine said:

Though before 1914, Senators weren't elected, but chosen by State Legislatures, which completely changes the dynamic of support and likely support.

5 post amendment presidents have had 60+ and 3 post amendment presidents have had 40 or fewer senators. That's 8 of the 18 post-Amendment presidents, or 44% of presidents. 

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