What is the easiest state in which to become a U.S. Senator?

Since each state has two senators, it would seem sort of obvious to go to a low population state, unless you are Hillary Clinton. New York has the reputation of being an important state for political purposes and is generally liberal.

Wyoming or Montana or Idaho sort of come to mind, but you have to have a base of voters to elect you. Alaska used to considered a GOP state until Ted Stevens got convicted...even now it is pretty much GOP.

It just depends on what is going on in the nation or a particular state as the time...look at Arizona in 2016 or Missouri...it as a bit iffy for both of the GOP incumbents.


It would seem, Sebastian, those states with the least diverse economies and populations. Those where dash support is easiest to find and political landmines are minimal. It used to be logging, cattle, airplanes, or railroads out west; insurance and banking, tourism, and agriculture down south, and industry, manufacturing, commerce, and labor in the northeast and midwest. My guess? Alaska. Oil, tourism, not many ripples from the First Peoples or other ethnic populations. Open for business...


Since each state has two senators, it would seem sort of obvious to go to a low population state, unless you are Hillary Clinton. New York has the reputation of being an important state for political purposes and is generally liberal.

Wyoming or Montana or Idaho sort of come to mind, but you have to have a base of voters to elect you. Alaska used to considered a GOP state until Ted Stevens got convicted...even now it is pretty much GOP.

It just depends on what is going on in the nation or a particular state as the time...look at Arizona in 2016 or Missouri...it as a bit iffy for both of the GOP incumbents.


All of them are equally easy. The U.S. Constitution has the same three requirements for all states:

  • Thirty years old
  • At least nine years a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of the State

If you meant, which easiest state to win an election for U.S. Senate, I do not believe there is any helpful answer.


I would say New Hampshire. It is a small, very swingy state with an independent streak. All you have to do is know your immediate neighborhood to get elected to the State House. It is very easy to move on from there to statewide races.


Probably Wyoming or North Dakota. Their small populations and cheap media markets would allow advertising to have a greater effect with less money than in larger states like California and New York. On the other hand, these are mostly rural states with large percentages of people whose families have been there for a while, so they might not be receptive to an outsider with lots of money coming in and expecting to represent them.


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