New Hampshire

2 seats: 2R

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 7th (61%)
  • Victory Margin: 3rd (12%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average margin of victory in New Hampshire House races in 2000 was 12%, which is better than 47 other states. In the 1996 House elections, New Hampshire had the closest average victory margin in the nation 5%.
  • 43% of the state's voters cast ballots for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, yet Republicans won both U.S. House seats. Democrats' 39% of the statewide vote in 1998, 45% in 1996, and 38% in 1994 also resulted in no seats. This accounts for the states ranking of 48 in the "seats to votes distortion" rankings. This also the reason why 43% of votes were "wasted" in 2000, and did not count towards the election of a representative.
  • Only one out of three adults in New Hampshire voted for the Member of the U.S. House who represents them.
  • Both of New Hampshire's House Members have been elected since 1992. Charles Bass has won his four races very narrowly -- with 56% in 2000, 53% in 1998 and 51% in 1996 and 1994. John E. Sununu had an even narrower win this year with 53% of the vote, a decrease of 13% from 1998.

How New Hampshire ranked in 2000

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