Pennsylvania

21 seats: 11R, 10D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 25th (50%)
  • Victory Margin: 35th (42%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average margin of victory in Pennsylvania's U.S. House races was 42%. This was a continuation of the results in 1998, which were slightly wider than in 1992 and 1994, and much wider than the average margin of 30% in 1996. Still, 21 states had higher average victory margins in 2000.
  • 81% of Pennsylvania's U.S. House races were won by landslide margins of at least 20% in 2000. This is a continuation of the results in 1998, which were the highest "landslide index" in Pennsylvania since 1988, when 91% of seats were won by landslide.
  • Incumbents have won 176 of their last 181 re-election bids in U.S. House races in Pennsylvania.
  • 66% of adults in Pennsylvania in 2000 did not vote for the person who represents them in the U.S. House.
  • The statewide vote for Republican and Democratic House candidates in 2000 nearly mirrored the state's partisan split, although Republican  won a majority of seats with fewer votes than  Democrats candidates. The state's seat-to-votes distortion has been very small throughout the decade.
  • For the first time since 1994, a woman candidate won a house race in Pennsylvania. Men also won all 115 races in 1982-1990, meaning that a woman has served just one term in the last 19 years.
  • 17 incumbents repeated their landslide wins in 2000. Six incumbents have won landslide wins in 1992-2000.


How Pennsylvania ranked in 2000
 


 
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