North Carolina

12 seats: 7R, 5D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 32nd (48%)
  • Victory Margin: 25th (37%)

Facts in Focus

  • The state legislature drew a new redistricting plan after the 1996 elections because of a lawsuit against a black-majority district. In the previous plan, at least two races were won by less than 10% in each election, and the average victory margin was 24%. In the new plan, drawn explicitly to protect incumbents, no races were won by less than 10%, and the average victory margin jumped to 35% in 1998.
  • Only 32% of adults in North Carolina voted for the person who represents them in the U.S. House. The state's "representation index" was 28% in 1996 (a presidential year) and just 18% in 1994.
  • Seven seats have changed party control in the 36 House races in 1994-1998 a higher rate of change than in most states. However, in 2000 there was no change in seat distribution
  • In 1982-1990, white men won all 55 House races. Since the 1991-1992 redistricting, black candidates have won two seats in each election, and women have won two seats in each of the elections from 1994-2000.
  • Three incumbents have won all five elections in 1992-2000 by landslide.

How North Carolina ranked in 2000

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