We were honored to have one of our favorite journalists and authors, Jules Witcover, on this week’s podcast talking about his latest book, The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power. That got our brains turning about all the VPs we’ve never heard of: William King? Henry Wilson? Or that other guy … Richard Cheney?
So we thought we’d bring you a Veepalicious trivia question this week, which is … Who was the last major party loser for Vice President who also lost a bid for the House?
Submit your answer in the box below. We’ll pick a winner at random from the bunch. The winner will get a fabulous, vintage Political Junkie button. Don’t forget, you can get the trivia question a whole day early by simply liking our Political Junkie page on Facebook every Wednesday. You can sign up for our Political Junkie newsletter, too. You’ll get all the latest from Team PJ every weekend. Who wouldn’t want a little Ken in their inbox?
And as for last week’s question … who was the LAST incumbent senator forced into a runoff and LOST his or her seat?
The answer is Wyche Fowler of Georgia. In 1992, he led his Republican opponent, Paul Coverdell, 49-48 in the November election but failed to break 50% (there was also a Libertarian candidate on the ballot). In the runoff three weeks later, Coverdell beat Fowler — even though President-elect Bill Clinton and Vice President-elect Al Gore campaigned for him.
And the winner is Steven Peterson of St. Paul, Minnesota. He gets the coveted Political Junkie button!