How Florida ranked in 2000

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23 seats: 15R, 8D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 40th (43%)
  • Victory Margin: 43rd (52%)

Facts in Focus

  • In 2000, only three out of ten adults in Florida voted for the U.S. House Member who represents them.
  • 10 out of 23 races were not contested by one of the major parties   a relative decrease from the 18 of 1998, but still much more than 40% of the total House races in the state.
  • 18 of 23 House races were won by landslide margins of at least 20% -- resulting in a landslide index of 78%. This landslide index is a relative decrease from the 95% index of 1998 and standard with the states results since 1990.
  • In the 1982-2000 period, 179 of 181 incumbents won re-election a success rate of 99%.
  • Florida's 22nd district had one of the closest races in the nation -- E. Clay Shaw (R) won by a margin of just .3%.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) hasn't faced a major party opponent since 1992.