Inside the Election Numbers (Part II)


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.

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