Uncontested Congressional Races in 2000
Although relatively few congressional races are competitive in any given election year – for example, fewer than one in ten U.S. House races were won by a margin of less than 10% in 1998 – it is particularly shocking to some people when one party fails to even field a candidate. Yet such uncontested races are surprisingly common in congressional races. In 1998, in fact, 95 out of 435 races were not contested by both major parties. This year, 64 races are not contested. Of these uncontested races, 25 even lack a minor party or independent candidate.
Following is a list of those House candidates getting a free ride. Note also that for the first time since 1990, a U.S. Senate race also will be uncontested. Arizona Senator Jon Kyl faces no Democratic opponent (he will face opposition from minor party candidates).
US House: 64