That’s how many years it’s been since New Jersey elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate.
The re-election of Senator Robert Menendez on Nov. 6 marked the 13th consecutive Democratic Senate victory in a state that has voted Democratic for president in six straight elections.
Republicans last won a New Jersey Senate seat in 1972, when Clifford Case won his fourth and final term. He was unseated in the 1978 primary, helping pave the way for Democrat Bill Bradley to win the first of his three Senate terms.
Though Case was the last Republican to win a Senate election in New Jersey, Nicholas Brady was the last Republican senator from the state. Brady was appointed to the Senate in April 1982, replacing Democrat Harrison A. Williams Jr., who had resigned. Brady served eight months and didn’t seek election to the seat November, when Democrat Frank Lautenberg won the seat. Lautenberg is up for re-election in 2014.