9 seats: 3R, 6D

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 16th (55%)
  • Victory Margin: 8th (23%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average margin of victory for Washington's U.S. House seats was 23% in 2000. This is a continuation of the results from 1998 which were by far the highest of the decade, but still lower than the average margin in 42 other states.
  • Washington has had a relatively high number of competitive U.S House races in the 1990's. More than half of races were won by margins less than 20% in every election in 1992-2000. Six of nine seats have changed partisan control in the decade, including two that have changed parties twice, and one that has three times. However, although at least one incumbent lost in every election from 1994-1998, none did in 2000.
  • This competition stems largely from a relatively non-partisan redistricting process used in 1991; in the 1980's, in different districts, there were far fewer close races in Washington.
  • Washington's relatively competitive elections over a period of years have led to the state ranking highly in all categories of democratic health the result being a seventh-place finish in the Center's "democracy index" in 2000.
  • Even so, two out of three adults in Washington did not vote for the person who represents them in the U.S. House.
  • Democrats received more seats in 2000 with a smaller percentage of the vote than they recieved in 1998.
  • Seattle-area Members Jim McDermott (D) and Jennifer Dunn (R) have won all five elections in 1992-2000 by landslide.

How Washington ranked in 2000

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