16 seats: 7R, 9D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 14th (55%)
  • Victory Margin: 22nd (36%)

Facts in Focus

  • 13 of 16 House races were won by at least 20% in 2000. More than 60% of House races have been won by landslide in 1992-1998, but races were even less competitive in the 1980s the landslide index dipped below 78% only once in five elections from 1982-1990.
  • Of 122 House incumbents who sought re-election in 1986-2000, only one lost.
  • Michigan is one of the few states where the distribution of seats reflects the popular vote, for example Republicans received 44% of votes statewide and 44% of seats while Democrats recieved 54% of the vote and 56% of seats. This is why Michigan has the second lowest seats-to-votes distortion of the fifty states, and is ranked fifth in the "democracy index."
  • Despite Michigan's high ranking, fewer than two in five adults in Michigan voted for a candidate who represents them in the U.S. House.
  • Nine seats are held by "untouchable" incumbents meaning ones who have won two consecutive races by landslide margins. Five incumbents have won all their races in 1992-2000 by landslide.

How Michigan ranked in 2000

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