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
- Of 122 House incumbents who sought re-election
in 1986-2000, only one
- 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
Michigan ranked in 2000