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
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
- 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
- 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.