6 seats: 3R, 3D
Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)
- Voter Turnout: 21st (53%)
- Victory Margin: 9th (24%)
Facts in Focus
- Fewer than four out of ten Connecticut adults
voted for the person who represents them in the U.S. House of
- Connecticut's second district is one of
nationwide where the incumbent lost to the challenger.
- Half of the state's six U.S. House races were
won by landslide margins of 20% or more in 2000. The state's
"landslide index" has not dipped below 50% since 1982, and at least
two of the state's six House seats were won by margins of more than
40% in every election from 1984 to 1996.
incumbent, Rosa DeLauro (D), has won every race in 1992-2000 by a
- Connecticut's seats-to-votes distortion has improved dramatically in
the 2000 elections. This one of the reasons why it is ranked
fourth in the "democracy index."
- Over a third (37% and 39%, respectively)
of both Republican and Democratic votes were "wasted" (meaning they failed to elect
a representative) in 2000. Overall, 37% of the total vote
was wasted in
least 33% of U.S. House seats in Connecticut have been held by women
ever since 1982 – a higher percentage than any other state.
Connecticut ranked in 2000