Presidential Election of 2000. Kaitlyn Shoemaker Vanessa Hinojosa. Candidates. The candidates for the presidential election was republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. George W. Bush. Before the election, George Bush was governor of Texas
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Presidential Election of 2000 Kaitlyn Shoemaker Vanessa Hinojosa
Candidates • The candidates for the presidential election was republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore
George W. Bush • Before the election, George Bush was governor of Texas • He was the son of a former President George H. W. Bush • George was a republican
Al Gore • Al was Vice President to Bill Clinton for eight years before the election • He was a democrat • If Al would have won the election he would have been the first democrat president since the civil war
The election • George W. Bush had 271 electoral votes and had 50,456,062 popular votes • Al Gore had 266 electoral votes and had 50,996,582 popular votes • The election was to close to call so it took 5 weeks to determine the winner • Al gore had most votes in the East and West coast and inland industrial cities and George had most of the mid west and the plains and the south • Bush won by having one more vote over the electoral votes • It was one of only four elections and the first in over 100 years where the popular vote winner was defeated
During the election • Gore appeared wooden and dismissive of Bush in the debates • Gore was criticized repeatedly by the Bush campaign as an exaggerator • In October the gap in the poles between Bush and Gore narrowed dramatically • There was even an election night where no clear winner emerged
Florida • There was controversy over the unusual event of the winning candidate having received fewer popular votes then the runner up • The contest focused mainly on Florida • There was an uproar over the awarding of Florida's 25 electoral votes • Also on the subsequent process of recounting the votes in Florida
Networks initially projected Gore the winner in Florida but later they declared that Bush had opened insurmountable lead • Gore called Bush to concede the election, but in the early hours of the morning, it was apparent that Florida was way closer then gores staff had originally believed • Fewer then 600 votes separated them
Floridas recount • Gore then called Bush to retract his concession • Florida law required a mandatory state wide machine recount • By November 10 the recount was done and Bush lead still at 327 votes • Court challenges were issued over the legality of hand recounts in select countries and new rumors were pilling up of the election judge • By late November the Florida state canvassing board certified Bush the winner by 537 votes • There was still legal battles remaining
More recounts • Eventually, the Florida supreme court decided to order a state wide a manual recount of 45,000 under votes (ballots that machines recorded as not clearly expressing a presidential vote)and excepted some previously uncertified results in both Miami and palm beach countries • That reduced Bush’s lead to mere 154 votes • The Bush campaign quickly filed and appeal with the U.S. supreme court asking it to delay the recounts until it could hear the case • State wide recount could not be preformed in time to certify the states electors • The court issued a controversial decision to reverse Florida's recount order and affectively awarding the win to Bush
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