How Illinois ranked in 2000


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Illinois

20 seats: 10R, 10D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 28th (49%)
  • Victory Margin: 36th (43%)

Facts in Focus

  • While the 2000 margin of victory is a decrease from the 50% of 1998, it is still a significant amount greater than in the past. For example, the average margin of victory in races in 1992-1996 was 35%.
  • House races in Illinois became slightly more competitive than 2000 -- 75% were decided by landslide margins of 20% or more (down from 85% in 1998 -- the highest percentage since 1990). 9 of 20 races were won by margins of at least 40%.
  • A quarter of the state's incumbents (five in all) have won all their races in 1992-2000 by landslide margins.
  • Unlike 1998, statewide results in 2000 did not mirror the partisan breakdown of seats. Republicans received 50% of the seats with only 43% of the vote, while Democrats received 57% of the vote but only half the seats. 
  • All 18 incumbents were re-elected. Since 1986, only 4 out of 150 incumbents running for re-election have lost.