8 seats: 3R, 5D
Where It Ranks Among the
States (House Elections 2000)
- Voter Turnout: 1st (67%)
- Victory Margin: 10th (25%)
Facts in Focus
Minnesota had the highest voter turnout
in the nation in 2000, with 67% of the state's adults
voting in House races. This is an increase since 1998, but part of
this rise can be attributed to the presidential
election. However, other factors are also at work, such as same-day voter
registration. The only other state with more than three House
members which approaches Minnesota's turnout in recent elections is
- Even if many new voters came out to vote in the
presidential election, they typically voted in their U.S. House race –
drop-off was 3.1%, not much higher than the 2.5% drop-off in 1998.
- Rep. Bill Luther's 6th District had the highest
voter turnout (91%) of any district in the nation for the third
of Minnesota's House races were won by landslide margins of at least
20%. Four of the 2000 races were won with margins close to
- In 2000, Minnesota ranked seventh in the country
in the "representation index," and it ranked first in the "democracy index." Despite these rankings,
only 40% of adults in the state voted for the
person who represents them in the U.S.
- No incumbent has lost or faced a primary
challenge since 1992.
- For the first time since 1982 a woman has won
one of Minnesota's U.S. House seats.
How Minnesota ranked in 2000