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 Representatives.
  • Connecticut's second district is one of six 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.
  • One incumbent, Rosa DeLauro (D), has won every race in 1992-2000 by a landslide.
  • 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 2000.
  • At least 33% of U.S. House seats in Connecticut have been held by women ever since 1982 a higher percentage than any other state.

How Connecticut ranked in 2000

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