EXPLANATORY NOTES

The candidate who was the winner of the general election is listed first in the entry for each state and district (where applicable). After that, the candidates are arranged by party affiliation.

Incumbent candidates facing re-election in 2000 are designated with an (I) to the left of the candidate’s name. The lack of an (I) in a particular Senate race or U.S. House district indicates an open seat race.

The party affiliation of the candidate is as listed on the ballot and has been abbreviated. A complete listing of party abbreviations appears at the end of this publication.

Total for write-in votes are shown as disclosed by the state. Some states list the names of candidates who received write-in votes, while others provide a write-in vote total without the names of the candidates who received the votes. Still other states combine these two variations and provide the names of some candidates who received write-in votes and a total of write-in votes for all the other candidates.

Convention votes, where shown, are as disclosed by the state parties.

"Total Votes," Total Party Votes" and "Total District Votes" represents all the valid votes cast for the candidates in the election.

"Combined Parties" represents all the valid votes cast for one candidate, regardless of party. (This method is used where a candidate may be listed on the ballot more than once, with different party designations; i.e., in Connecticut, New York and South Carolina.) These votes are then broken down and listed by party. The party votes are enclosed by brackets [ ].

The percentage of votes received by each candidate is based on the figure of total votes. The percentage of votes received by each candidate in a primary or runoff election is based on the figure of total votes cast in that specific primary or runoff election.

Due to the rounding of percentage numbers, some percentages may not total 100%.

Notes on Charts

* Runoff election vote totals have been included with the primary election totals. (For the U.S. Senate, runoff elections were held in Mississippi and Texas. For the U.S. House of Representatives, runoff elections were held in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.)

* In Connecticut, Utah and Virginia, political parties may nominate general election candidates by party convention, rather than by primary election. Convention vote is not included in primary election vote totals.

* In some states, there were unopposed candidates whose names did not appear on a ballot and therefore received no votes.

* Only 34 states had U.S. Senate elections in 2000 (including Georgia’s special election).

* The above three situations, which provide fewer opportunities for voter participation, account for blank spaces in the charts and should be considered when making comparisons or drawing conclusions.

* The historical data in the Appendices was excerpted from previous editions of the Commission’s Federal Elections series: Federal Elections 88, Federal Elections 92 and Federal Elections 96.


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