1 seat: 1R

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 6th (62%)
  • Victory Margin: 1st (5.2%)

Facts in Focus

  • Montana's average margin of victory is based on its one House seat, which has been hotly contested for a decade– every race since 1990 has been won by less than 10%. The 5.2% victory margin in 2000 was smaller than the average victory margin in any other state.
  • Montana had the sixth highest voter turnout in House races in the nation.
  • Montana ranked dead last in the Center's "seats to vote distortion" rankings. This is because it only has one seat, which meant 49% of the votes cast in the election were wasted on the runner-up candidate.
Montana has had partisan control of its seat shift from Democrats to Republicans, and races continue to be close. Although independent House candidates did not fare very well in the 1990's, Ross Perot won among his highest shares of the vote in the state in 1992 and 1996.
  • Although Montana elected the nation's first woman Member of Congress, 2000 was the first time it elected a woman representative since 1982.

  • How Montana ranked in  2000

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