West Virginia

3 seats: 2D, 1R

Where It Ranks Among the States (House Elections 2000)

  • Voter Turnout: 45th (41%)
  • Victory Margin: 44th (53%)

Facts in Focus

  • The average margin of victory in a U.S. House seat in West Virginia was a whopping 53% in 2000 this in fact was a continuation of the decrease from 79% in 1996 to 65% in 1998. This margin places West Virginia among seven states with the highest average winning percentage in House races.
  • For the first time since 1990, not all of West Virginia's seats were won by landslides.
  • About 70% of voting age West Virginians did not vote for the person who represents them in the U.S. House in 2000.
  • For the first time since 1982, Republicans one a seat in the House. This makes elections in the state more representative of the actual vote, since Republicans have routinely one more than one third of the vote since 1994.

How West Virginia ranked in 2000

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