USA 2000 House

Facts in Focus

  • Barely three in ten adults in the United States voted for the person who represents them in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • The number of U.S. House races not contested by both major parties was 64, almost 15%.
  • The share of U.S. House seats won by "landslide" margins jumped from 64% in 1996 and 73% in 1998 to 77% in 2000 -- that percentage is almost as high as the "landslide index" of 1984-1990, when on average nearly  four in five House races were won by landslide.
  • The average victory margin was 40% -- meaning that the average two-party race was won by 70%-30%. Fewer than five percent of races were won by competitive margins of less than 10%. This marks a sharp decline from 1992-1996, but is comparable to House races in the 1980s.
  • The overall share of seats won by the major parties closely matched their national vote share -- but masked large distortions in several states, where one party won a far greater share of seats than its share of the vote.  See, for examples, the states of Nebraska and Massachusetts, where one party won 100% of the seats.
  • Third parties received 4% of the national vote. This would result in 17 seats in U.S. House seats in a proportional system, but there are no third party members and only two independents in Congess in 2000-2002.
The number of women House members was 59 in 2000, an increase from the previous election but still only 14% of seats.

National results 1982-2000  

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