South Carolina

6 seats: 4R, 2D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 36th (44%)
  • Victory Margin: 18th (34%)

Facts in Focus

  • South Carolina moved up significantly from 1998 in its ranking for margin of victory when it was 37th with a margin of 47%.
  • Over half of South Carolina's U.S. House seats were won by landslide margins of at least 20%. This is a return to the results typical of 1990-1996, when landslides occurred in five out of six races. No races were competitive, but two elections were won by margins of between 10% and 20%
  • The statewide percentage of votes for Republican candidates in House races declined from 65% in 1996 and 60% in 1998, to 55% in 2000 -- but remained higher than the 52% of votes Republican candidates won in 1992.
  • Over 71% of adults in South Carolina did not vote for the person who represents them in the U.S. House.
  • Of 48 incumbents seeking re-election in House races in South Carolina in 1984-2000, 47 were successful.
  • After facing no major party opposition from 1992-1996, Rep. Floyd Spence won only 57% of the vote in 2000. Two incumbents have won their last four races by at least a landslide margin.

How South Carolina ranked in 2000

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