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
South Carolina ranked in 2000