South Dakota

1 seat: 1R

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 11th (58%)
  • Victory Margin: 40th (49%)

Facts in Focus

  • The margin of victory in South Dakota's U.S. House race was 49% in 2000, far wider than the margins under 24% in 1996 and 1994.
  • South Dakota traditionally enjoys relatively high voter turnout, and the 58% margin 2000 was a continutation of previous trends from 1992-1998.
  • South Dakota voters tend to like their representatives. Every House race has been decided by landslide margins of at least 20% since 1988, even though Democrats held the seat from 1988 to 1994 and a Republican since 1996.
  • The last competitive House race in South Dakota -- one won by less than 10% -- was in 1982.
  • South Dakota had the fourth highest "representation index" in the nation in 2000, with 43% of adults in the state voting for their U.S. House member. In addition less than 25% of votes were "wasted," one of the best rankings in wasted votes nationwide.

How South Dakota ranked in 2000

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