Ohio

19 seats: 11R, 8D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 17th (54%)
  • Victory Margin: 31st (39%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average margin of victory in Ohio's U.S. House races was 39% -- meaning a typical House race was won by a margin of more than two-to-one.
  • 84% of House races in Ohio in 2000 were won by landslide margins of 20% or more, which follows the trend of high landslide margins set in 1998.
  • Less than two out of five adults in Ohio voted for the person who represents them in the U.S. House in 2000.
  • No House races were decided by less than 5% in 2000, and only two races by less than 10%. In 1992-1996, an average of three races per year were won by less than 5%.
  • 11 of 18 incumbents are "untouchables" who have won their last two races by landslide. Eight of these incumbents have won landslide wins in each election in the 1992-2000 period. Incumbents were even more entrenched in the 1980s; in 1988, 18 out of 20 incumbents were untouchables who had won consecutive landslide wins.


How Ohio ranked in 2000
 


 
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