10 seats: 10D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 26th (49%)
  • Victory Margin: 50th (73%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average margin of victory in Massachusetts in 2000 U.S. House elections was higher than in all other states. The average margin has generally risen since the nineties, up from 29% in 1992.
  • All ten House races in Massachusetts were won by landslide margins of 20% or more in 2000. The state's "landslide index" dipped below 80% only twice in the 1982-2000 period down to 60% (6 of 10 races) in 1992 and 1996.
  • Less than four in ten adults in Massachusetts voted for one of their representatives in the U.S. House.
  • Half of the seats in Massachusetts were uncontested by a major party, and none of the other half were won by margins less than 35%.
  • No women or racial minorities have been elected in any of the state's 95 House races in the 1982-2000 period.
  • Eight incumbents have won their last two races by landslide; three have landslide wins in their last five races.

How Massachusetts ranked in 2000

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