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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/10/2007

House Votes: Three Nail-biters So Far

The Democratic-controlled House has held more than 200 votes since the start of the 110th Congress, and so far there have been only three truly close votes with single-digit margins: the recent budget resolution, passage of the supplemental appropriations bill and a motion to recommit on a bill promoting the use of biofuels.

Given prior voting trends, the House could expect to have somewhere between 50 to 60 close votes during the next 18 to 20 months, although the 109th Congress saw just 38. The most occurred during the 106th, when representatives were divided by single digits 69 times. The following table shows the number of close votes in the House for the current Congress and back to the 102nd.

Congress Close Votes Total Votes Percentage
110 3 213 1.4%
109 38 1,214 3.1%
108 51 1,221 4.2%
107 52 996 5.2%
106 69 1,214 5.7%
105 63 1,187 5.3%
104 58 1,340 4.3%
103 61 1,122 5.4%
102 54 932 5.8%

Explore more voting patterns in washingtonpost.com's Congressional Votes Database.

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