About the Project
The number of competitive House of Representatives seats drawn in the new maps has dropped slightly from the old maps and dramatically over the past four decades. There are 101 competitive seats for the decade of the 2010s. There were 103 in the 2000s, 129 in the 1990s, 135 in the 1980s, and 152 in the 1970s.
Spotlight on Congress
The United States Congress in 2012 has been the least productive and most gridlocked in recent memory. That reality is reflected in the lowest job approval ratings the public has given Congress since 1974 —the year President Richard Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment and removal over the Watergate scandal.