Presidential Election, 2000

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  • In the U.S. presidential election of 2000, the closest election in four decades, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore, becoming the first person since Benjamin Harrison in 1888 to be elected president despite having lost the nationwide popular vote. Moreover, the campaign was hardly over on election day. The postelection period included six weeks of uncertainty and numerous legal challenges that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The country's politics were frozen while several ballot recounts took place in the state of Florida—where Bush's brother Jeb was governor—all while the result of the election hung in the balance.

    Controversial ballot, November 7, 2000

    During George W. Bush's second term as Texas governor, speculation began to build that he was planning a presidential run. The ...

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