Iowa

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 (11%).
  • 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 competitive elections.


How Iowa ranked in 2000

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