House Incumbent Defeats, 1968-2008
Senate Incumbent Defeats, 1968-2008
Earlier this week Larry Sabato asked if 2010 is a ripe year for a "congressional slaughter." With 40 Congressional seats leaning towards the GOP and a half dozen Governor's races favoring the GOP candidates, his projection might be right. Nonetheless as this chart shows, we never "throw all the rascals out." Incumbency obviously has its advantages.