5 seats: 4R, 1D
Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)
- Voter Turnout: 10th (59%)
- Victory Margin: 12th (26%)
Facts in Focus
The average U.S. House race in Iowa was won by 26% in
2000. This margin is more than twice the average victory margin in 1996
- Less than two in five adults in Iowa voted for the
Member in the U.S. House who represents them.
- Republicans won 80% of seats with 56% of the
votes in 2000. They won 100% of seats with 57% of votes in 1994.
- All five incumbents running for re-election won
in 2000. Since 1982, only two out of 50 incumbents running in Iowa
have been defeated.
- In 1996, four of five House races were decided by less than 10% victory margins. In 2000, however,
all races were won by more than 10%, and four were landslides of
more than 20%.
- In the 1990s Iowa experienced a
higher share of close races than nearly all other states. Of its
five incumbents, only one had not had at least one narrow win since
1992 – four of five incumbents won at least one race with 53%
or less of the vote during that period. This is because Iowa has a
unique, non-partisan redistricting process that can lead to more
Iowa ranked in 2000