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2000 Presidential Election - George W Bush and Al Gore

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Presidential Candidates:


George W. Bush - Republican
Albert Gore Jr. - Democrat
Ralph Nader - Green
Patrick Buchanan - Reform
Harry Browne - Libertarian

Vice Presidential Candidates:


Richard Cheney - Republican
Joseph Lieberman - Democrat
Winona LaDuke - Green
Ezola Foster - Reform
Art Olivier - Libertarian

Popular Vote:


The popular vote was won by Gore-Lieberman by 543,816 votes.
  • Bush-Cheney - 50,460,110
  • Gore-Lieberman - 51,003,926
  • Nader-LaDuke - 2,883,105
  • Buchanan-Foster - 449,225
  • Browne-Olivier - 384,516

Electoral Vote:


The electoral vote was won by Bush-Cheney by 5 votes.
  • Bush-Cheney - 271
  • Gore-Lieberman - 266
  • Nader-LaDuke - 0
  • Buchanan-Foster - 0
  • Browne-Olivier - 0
Learn more about the electoral college.

States Won:


Electoral and Popular Votes - Bush-Cheney won 30 states.
Gore-Lieberman won 20 states plus the District of Columbia. However, one elector abstained from voting for Al Gore when the electoral college voted.

Key Campaign Issues of the Election of 2000:


Some of the key issues and samples of the major party candidates platforms for each:
  • Education
    • Bush - Comprehensive package calling for more choice and accountability
    • Gore - Smaller class sizes with rigorous methods for hiring and retaining teachers
  • Social Security
    • Bush - Personal retirement accounts with SS money
    • Gore - Give parents raising children SS credit
  • Health
    • Bush - Strenghthen Medicare with private sector alternatives
    • Gore - 1/6 of the budget surplus over 15 years used to strengthen Medicare

Interesting Facts:

  • The last time the president won the electoral vote without winning the popular vote was in 1888.
  • Bush won 1803 more counties than Gore won.
  • One of the electors from DC abstained from voting for Gore.
  • Because of the controversy over the recount in Florida, the Gore campaign sued to have a manual recount.

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