Numbers Racket: Married to the Mob

Posted November 5, 2008 at 7:00pm

Number of Senate incumbents defeated Tuesday night: 2-5, pending the official calls of races involving Republican Sens. Norm Coleman (Minn.), Gordon Smith (Ore.) and Ted Stevens (Alaska) Number of Senate incumbents defeated in 2006: 6 Number of Democratic Senate incumbents defeated Tuesday night (and in 2006): 0 Number of House incumbents defeated Tuesday night: at least 17, pending official call of additional races Number of Democratic House incumbents defeated Tuesday night: 4 Number of Democratic House incumbents defeated in 2006: 0 Number of House Members defeated in Senate bids Tuesday night: 2 Number of women who won Senate seats Tuesday night: 2 Number of female Senators defeated Tuesday night: 1 Number of House Members elected to the Senate Tuesday night: 2 Number of House Members named Udall elected to the Senate Tuesday night: 2 Pairs of cousins ever to serve in the Senate: 10 Pairs of cousins ever to serve at the same time: 2 Number of former governors elected to the Senate Tuesday night: 2 Pairs of siblings elected to the 111th Congress Tuesday night: 4 Number of people named Davis set to serve in the 111th Congress: 5 Number of people named Davis who served in the 110th Congress: 8 Number of seats to be filled by women in the 111th Congress: 91 Number of seats filled by women in the 110th Congress: 87 Number of Muslims elected to the 111th Congress: 2 Number of atheists elected to the 111th Congress: 1 Number of New York Democrats headed to the House in the 111th Congress: 26 Number of New York Republicans headed to the House in the 111th Congress: 3 Come January, number of presidents Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) will have served under since being elected to Congress: 12 Highest percentage of the vote captured by any Senator: 79 percent, by Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) Percentage of the vote captured by Vice President-elect Joseph Biden (D-Del.) in his Senate bid: 65 percent Number of votes captured by Biden: 257,484 Percentage of the vote captured by Democrat Rick Noriega in his failed bid to unseat Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas): 43 percent Number of votes captured by Noriega: 3,380,842 Cornyn’s winning percentage: 55 Cornyn’s winning percentage, 2002: 55 Cornyn’s opponent’s percentage in 2002: 43