Sabato's Crystal Ball

On to the Senate, With a Detour in the House

Larry J. Sabato and the Crystal Ball Team, U. Va. Center for Politics May 26th, 2011

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Right now, first-term Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND) looks likely to be elected to the Senate seat left open by the retirement of Kent Conrad (D) in November 2012. The Crystal Ball wondered: How rare is it for someone to get such a fast elevation from the House to the Senate? (We realize some House members will insist it is a demotion.) We’ve scoured the records and identified nine members of the Senate in this category. Only senators in office sometime in the previous 50 years were included.

Did we miss any? Email us and we’ll give you credit in the next Crystal Ball.