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
- 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
- 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.
South Dakota ranked in 2000