The Smart Politics blog out of the University of Minnesota notes that four states in the Northeast — Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have racked up 144 consecutive U.S. House of Representatives victories. This Yankee-like dominance of the New England Division dates back to the 1990s for the four bluest-of-blue states.
… Democrats extended their U.S. House election streak to 15, by sweeping the state\’s five congressional districts for the third cycle in a row.
Elizabeth Esty\’s 3.3-point win in the state\’s open 5th CD race was the narrowest victory margin for the Democrats during this stretch (slightly smaller than Jim Hines\’ 4.0-point win in the 4th CD in 2008).
This current run by the Democrats in the Nutmeg State is by far its best ever: the party had never previously swept all Connecticut congressional races in back-to-back cycles since the founding of the party in 1828 – doing so only in single cycles in 1842 (winning all four seats), 1852 (four), 1912 (five), 1936 (six), 1940 (six), 1958 (six), and 1964 (six).
The 15 congressional district Democratic streak in Connecticut is tied for the second longest by either party since the founding of the GOP in in the mid-1850s: Republicans won 38 straight races from 1894 to 1908 and 15 in a row from 1924 to 1928.