New Jersey

13 seats: 6R, 7D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 33rd (48%)
  • Victory Margin: 21st (36%)

Facts in Focus

  • About 70% of New Jersey's eligible voters did not vote for the person who represents them in the U.S. House. The state's representation index is lower than that of 33 other states.
  • New Jersey's U.S. House representation closely mirrors the statewide vote split in House races between Republicans and Democrats. Republican candidates won 47% of the statewide vote, and gained 46% of the seats, while Democratic candidates received 50% of the votes and 54% of the seats. The state's redistricting commission explicitly sought this goal of "proportionality," and the state's partisan balance indeed has been very sensitive to relatively small changes in the statewide vote.
  • The average margin of victory in New Jersey was 36% -- quite consistent with average margins throughout the decade. However, the state's 12th district had one of the closest races in the country -- Rush D. Holt (D) won by a margin of .2%.
  • 77% of House seats in 2000 were won by landslide margins of at least 20%. This is a higher "landslide index" than most states, but still lower than the state's 92% landslide index in 1994 and the 93% landslide indexes of 1986 and 1988.
  • Eight incumbents have won their last three elections by landslide victory margins.

How New Jersey ranked in 2000

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