More people watched the 2010 Super Bowl than voted in even the most hotly contended mid-term races that year. That will probably turn out to be true in 2014 as well, but you don’t want your friends, family, and acquaintances to lump you in with the crowd. You want them to think you know more than those other couch potatoes. So here is a little help.
The first fact to cite is that if Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa this year, wins, she would be the very first woman ever elected to Congress by Iowans. She would also be the first candidate ever elected after featuring three barnyard adds. Two of them had her in the pig pen, and one of them involved talking chickens, which I know Broda would have had a field day with.
The second fact you can mention is that the Senate battle in North Carolina between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis is the most “interfered-with” race in history. That is, the $76 billion thus far entering the race from out of state is already a record.
Finally, you can impress the crowd by using the word “jungle primary” to describe election rules in Louisiana. In that state, there are no separate primaries but only one big general election in which multiple candidates from each and every party run. Then, if no one gets a majority, the two top candidates face off in a run-off. This is the same method used in France, so perhaps it was a Cajun invention.