Although candidates who are trailing badly admit on election eve that their chances are lousy, 12 of the past 18 U.S. House races in Utah have been virtual landslides, with the winning candidate running up a victory margin of 16 percent or more.

U.S. House Races

(Margins of Victory)

1st Dist. 2nd Dist. 3rd Dist.

1976 16% 16.2% -

1978 4.8% 27% -

1980 4.2% 36% -

1982 25.6% 7.7% 53.7%

1984 43% 0.2% 49.5%

1986 3.1% 11.4% 33.8%

1988 19.6% 16.3% 36%