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

For AgWeb’s ongoing 2016 election coverage, go to

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