Rhode Island

2 seats: 2D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 24th (51%)
  • Victory Margin: 23rd (36%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average margin of victory in Rhode Island was 36%; a reassuring decrease from the 43% margins of 1998, which were higher than it has been since 1992 and nearly double the 1994 margin.
  • Rhode Island ranks 45th in the Center's overall measure of ranking, the "democracy index."
For the fourth time in five elections, both of Rhode Island's U.S. House seats were won by landslide margins of 20% or more.
  • Democrats have won less than two-thirds of the popular vote in 1994-2000, but all six House races.
  • 73% of adults in Rhode Island did not vote for the person who represents them in the U.S. House.
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy is now the senior House representative from Rhode Island, even though first elected in 1994. He has won his last three races by more than 2-1 margins.

  • How Rhode Island ranked in 2000

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