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
- 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
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.