6 seats: 5R, 1D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 31st (48%)
  • Victory Margin: 7th (23%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average U.S. House race in Kentucky was won by a margin of 23% in 2000 a landslide, but still ranking Kentucky 7th in the nation.
  • Democratic candidates won 39% of the vote in 2000, but gained only 17% of U.S. House seats. In 1994, Democrats won 33% of seats with a similar share (40%) of the vote.
  • A Democratic voter was seven times as likely as was a Republican voter to waste their vote on a losing candidate in 2000.

Kentucky had some of the most competitive elections in the country in the 1990s. Both parties held five of the state's six seats at some point since the 1992 election. Only a third of its House races were won by landslide margins of 20% or more in each of the last three elections. In 2000, however, all incumbents were re-elected; and one third with landslides.
Despite the fact that Kentucky has six seats, over 40% of votes were "wasted" in 2000. This means they did not count towards electing a winning candidate.

How Kentucky ranked in 2000

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