This will serve as the second installment of taking a look inside some of the numbers that helped shape this election:
- Senate Republicans were not competitive in any Democratic controlled seats. The closest race in a Democratic controlled seat was SD40 where Vi Simpson won by 23,471 votes or 40%.
- 2 Senate races were decided by less than 10% (9.4% and 9.3%)
- The closest Senate race was decided by 3,909 votes
- 22 House races were decided by less than 3,909 votes
- The closest House race was decided by 114 votes. (HD26 pending)
- 11 House races were decided by less than a 10% winning margin
- 6 House races were decided by less than 500 votes.
- The 10 closest House races were decided by an average of 686 votes or 2.8%
- In the 66 contested House races, Republican candidates received 27,112 more votes than Democratic candidates for a 1.5% difference
- There were 324,609 more ballots cast in 2008 House races compared to 2004 House races for a 15.4% increase
- For the second straight election, neither House Republicans nor House Democrats received a majority of the total votes for all 100 House races
- In 2004, only 1 House candidate in a contested race received more than 20,000 votes. In 2008, 10 House candidates in a contested race received more than 20,000 votes.
Keep checking www.IBRG.biz for updated Election Reports. We have just posted update #4.