Oregon

5 seats: 1R, 4D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 12th (57%)
  • Victory Margin: 14th (33%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average margin of victory in Oregon was 33%, this is a mild improvement from the 38% margin of 1998.
  • Republican candidates for U.S. House received 42% of the statewide vote in 2000, but only won 20% of the state's five seats. Democrats received an even bigger advantage in 1996, when they won 80% of seats with 54% of votes.
  • 80% of Oregon's seats were won by landslide margins of at least 20%. Since 1984, more than two-thirds of the state's House races have been won by landslide margins.
  • Oregon ranked 9th in the "representation index," even though less than 2 out of 5 voting age adults voted for their representative.
  • Incumbents have won 40 out of their last 42 re-election bids in Oregon's U.S. House races.


How Oregon ranked in 2000
 


 
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