2000 Elections Gore vs Bush

Vice President Gore was the clear choice to succeed President Clinton. Gore had been challenged in the early Democratic Primaries by New Jersey, Senator Bill Bradley. Bradley failed, however, to win a single primary. Al Gore quickly secured the 2000 Democratic Presidential nomination.

Governor Bush of Texas, the son of former President Bush, was the choice of the Republican establishment. Governor Bush was challenged for the nomination by Senator John McCain of Arizona. When Bush won a bitterly fought primary in South Carolina, he became the presumptive Republican nominee. Both candidates broke with tradition and announced their vice presidential candidates. Bush announced that Dick Cheney, who had been Secretary of Defense, would be his vice presidential choice, thus, balancing his limited experience with a very experienced Vice President.

Gore selected Senator Joe Lieberman, who was an Orthodox Jew, the first Jew to be selected on a major ticket. Lieberman had been critical of President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair. Throughout the campaign, polls showed the race was very close. Bush initially stumbled, but regained his momentum during the three debates. The Republicans effectively defined the game of expectations. When Bush did better than expected, he won the debates.

On election night, the results were so close that neither candidate was declared the winner. Gore won the nationwide popular vote, but the outcome of a recount in Florida would determine the results of the Electoral vote. The initial numbers of votes, in an election marked with several irregularities, had given Bush a Florida lead of less than 1,000 votes. The Supreme Court intervened and stopped the recount. Thus, giving the election to Bush. The 2000 election was the fourth in American history when the winner of the popular vote was not the winner of the electoral votes.

Particpation of Eligible Voters 56.6%

Democratic Convention
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Polls of the 2000 Election
Election 2000 Primaries
Recount Chronology
Supreme Court Decision

 

State results in 1992

Electoral Results in 2000

State Bush / Cheney Gore / Lieberman Nader / LaDuke Buchanan / Foster Other Total  Votes Elect/Votes
ALABAMA 941,173 692,611 18,323 6,351 7,814 1,666,272 Bush 9
ALASKA 167,398 79,004 28,747 5,192 4,151 284,492 Bush 3
ARIZONA 781,652 685,341 45,645 12,373 7,005 1,532,016 Bush 8
ARKANSAS 472,940 422,768 13,421 7,358 5,294 921,781 Bush 6
CALIFORNIA 4,567,429 5,861,203 418,707 44,987 73,530 10,965,856 Gore 54
COLORADO 883,748 738,227 91,434 10,465 17,494 1,741,368 Bush 8
CONNECTICUT 561,104 816,659 64,452 4,731 13,231 1,460,177 Gore 8
Delaware 137,288 180,068 8,307 777 1,089 327,529 Gore 3
DC 18,073 171,923 10,576 0 1,322 201,894 Gore 2
FLORIDA 2,912,790 2,912,253 97,488 17,484 23,055 5,963,070 Bush 25
GEORGIA 1,419,720 1,116,230 0 10,926 36,332 2,583,208 Bush 13
HAWAII 137,845 205,286 21,623 1,071 2,126 367,951 Gore 4
IDAHO 336,937 138,637 12,292 7,615 6,134 501,615 Bush 4
ILLINOIS 2,019,421 2,589,026 103,759 0 27,729 4,739,935 Gore 22
INDIANA 1,245,836 901,980 18,531 16,959 15,996 2,199,302 Bush 12
IOWA 634,373 638,517 29,374 5,731 6,400 1,314,395 Gore 7
KANSAS 622,332 399,276 36,086 7,370 7,152 1,072,216 Bush 6
KENTUCKY 872,520 638,923 23,118 4,152 8,393 1,547,106 Bush 8
LOUISIANA 927,871 792,344 14,356 20,473 10,612 1,765,656 Bush 8
MAINE 286,616 319,951 37,127 4,443 3,653 651,790 Gore 4
MARYLAND 813,724 1,143,888 53,763 4,247 6,365 2,021,987 Gore 10
MASSACHUSETTS 878,502 1,616,487 173,564 11,149 19,292 2,698,994 Gore 12
MICHIGAN 1,953,139 2,170,418 84,165 1,851 22,928 4,232,501 Gore 18
MINNESOTA 1,109,659 1,168,266 126,696 22,166 11,898 2,438,685 Gore 10
MISSISSIPPI 572,844 404,614 8,122 2,265 6,339 994,184 Bush 7
MISSOURI 1,189,924 1,111,138 38,515 9,818 10,497 2,359,892 Bush 11
MONTANA 240,178 137,126 24,437 5,697 3,548 410,986 Bush 3
NEBRASKA 433,850 231,776 24,670 3,646 3,190 697,132 Bush 5
NEVADA 301,575 279,978 15,008 4,747 4,347 605,655 Bush 4
NEW HAMPSHIRE 273,559 266,348 22,188 2,615 3,085 567,795 Bush 4
NEW JERSEY 1,284,173 1,788,850 94,554 6,989 12,660 3,187,226 Gore 15
NEW MEXICO 286,417 286,783 21,251 1,392 2,762 598,605 Gore 5
NEW YORK 2,403,374 4,107,697 244,030 31,599 35,299 6,821,999 Gore 33
NORTH CAROLINA 1,631,163 1,257,692 0 8,874 17,261 2,914,990 Bush 14
NORTH DAKOTA 174,852 95,284 9,486 7,288 1,346 288,256 Bush 3
OHIO 2,350,363 2,183,628 117,799 26,721 23,487 4,701,998 Bush 21
OKLAHOMA 744,337 474,276 0 9,014 6,602 1,234,229 Bush 8
OREGON 713,577 720,342 77,357 7,063 12,210 1,530,549 Gore 7
PENNSYLVANIA 2,281,127 2,485,967 103,392 16,023 25,676 4,912,185 Gore 23
RHODE ISLAND 130,555 249,508 25,052 2,273 1,724 409,112 Gore 4
SOUTH CAROLINA 786,892 566,037 20,279 3,309 7,385 1,383,902 Bush 8
SOUTH DAKOTA 190,700 118,804 0 3,322 3,443 316,269 Bush 3
TENNESSEE 1,061,949 981,720 19,781 4,250 8,053 2,075,753 Bush 11
TEXAS 3,799,639 2,433,746 137,994 12,394 23,864 6,407,637 Bush 32
UTAH 515,096 203,053 35,850 9,319 3,379 766,697 Bush 5
VERMONT 119,775 149,022 20,374 2,192 2,431 293,794 Gore 3
VIRGINIA 1,437,490 1,217,290 59,398 5,455 17,007 2,736,640 Bush 13
WASHINGTON 1,108,864 1,247,652 103,002 7,171 20,744 2,487,433 Gore 11
WEST VIRGINIA 336,473 295,497 10,680 3,283 2,318 648,251 Bush 5
WISCONSIN 1,237,279 1,242,987 94,070 11,446 12,825 2,598,607 Gore 11
WYOMING 147,947 60,481 0 2,724 2,574 213,726 Bush 3
Totals 50,456,062 50,996,582 2,858,843 438,760 613,051 105,363,298
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