Do You Live in a Competitive Congressional District?

November 8, 2016 09:44 AM
 
There are several house races in the Midwest this election that will be close, according to the Cook Political Report.

Do You Live in a Competitive Congressional District?

It’s mere days from the 2016 presidential election, but that’s far from the only race on the ballot. And some of these down-ticket House of Representatives races are currently running neck-and-neck. Thanks to a pair of online resources, you can easily find out where all the close races are happening.

First is The Cook Political Report, an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections, campaigns and various U.S. political trends. The group has identified several House races it categorizes as either “likely,” “lean” or “toss-up.”

For the lean category, races are considered competitive, but one party has an advantage. For toss-ups, Cook assigns either party as having a good chance of winning. For the 2016 House elections, it has assigned several districts as “lean” or “toss-up,” including 12 Midwestern districts. Those are:

IA-01 IA-03 IL-10
IN-09 KS-03 MI-01
MI-07 MN-02 MN-03
MN-08 NE-02 WI-08

 

Data and analytics expert Sharon Machlis  took the data and turned it into a “proof-of-concept of an idea” – a web application that lets users search how close they are to these competitive districts. The interactive map with these districts highlighted is at www.machlis.com/elections/CongressionalDistricts/.

For AgWeb’s ongoing 2016 election coverage, go to http://bit.ly/2f1dJmN.

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