Arizona

6 seats: 5R, 1D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 46th (40%)
  • Victory Margin: 46th (34%)

Facts in Focus

  • More than three out of four adults in Arizona did not vote in 2000 for the person who represents them in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Arizona ranked next to last in the "democracy index," this is due to its overall poor performance in almost all of the categories.
  • In 2000, Republicans won 83% of the House seats in Arizona with only 58% of the vote; Democratic candidates have won only 4 of Arizona's 24 House elections since 1992 despite averaging close to 40% of the vote in these elections.
  • Since 1982, 49 of the 56 elections for the House of Representatives had comfortable victory margins of more than 10%. Only two incumbents lost re-election in that period
  • Women candidates won all of Arizona's most important state offices in 1998, but they have fared much more poorly in House races men won 54 of Arizona's 55 House races in 1982-2000.
  • At least nine races have been won by landslide victory margins of more than 20% in every election in the 1982-2000 period. Ed Pastor (D), Bob Stump (R) and John Shadegg (R) have won each of their elections in 1992-2000 by landslides.


How Arizona ranked in 2000
 


 
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