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United States presidential election, 2000
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|United States presidential election, 2000|
|November 7, 2000|
|Nominee||George W. Bush||Al Gore|
|Running mate||Dick Cheney||Joe Lieberman|
Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Bush/Cheney(30), Blue denotes those won by Gore/Lieberman(20+DC).
The United States presidential election of 2000 was a contest between Democratic candidate Al Gore, then-Vice President, and Republican candidate George W. Bush, then-governor of Texas and son of former president George H. W. Bush.
Incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton was not eligible to serve a third term, and Vice President Gore was able to secure the Democratic nomination. Bush was seen as the early favorite for the Republican nomination, and despite a contentious primary battle with Senator John McCain and other candidates, secured the nomination by Super Tuesday. Many third party candidates also ran, most prominently Ralph Nader. Bush chose former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney as his running mate, and Gore chose Senator Joe Lieberman as his. Both candidates focused primarily on domestic issues, such as the budget, tax relief, and reforms for federal social insurance programs, though foreign policy was not ignored. Clinton and Gore did not often campaign together, a deliberate decision resulting from the Lewinsky scandal two years prior.
Bush narrowly won the November 7 election, with 271 electoral votes to Gore's 266. There was a disagreement over who won Florida's 25 electoral votes, the recount that happened there, and the uncommon event that the winner got fewer popular votes than the loser. The Court's contentious decision in Bush v. Gore announced on December 12, 2000, ended the recounts, effectively awarding Florida's votes to Bush and granting him the victory.
- Al Gore, Vice President of the United States from Tennessee
- Bill Bradley, former U.S. Senator from New Jersey (withdrew on March 9, 2000 and endorsed Al Gore)
- George W. Bush, Governor of Texas
- John McCain, Senator from Arizona (withdrew on March 9, 2000 and endorsed George W. Bush)
- Alan Keyes, former U.S. ECOSOC Ambassador from Maryland (withdrew on July 25, 2000 and endorsed George W. Bush)
- Steve Forbes, businessman from New Jersey (withdrew on February 10, 2000 and endorsed John McCain. He then endorsed George W. Bush)
- Gary Bauer, former Undersecretary of Education from Kentucky (withdrew on February 4, 2000 and endorsed John McCain. He then endorsed George W. Bush)
- Orrin Hatch, Senator from Utah (withdrew on January 26, 2000 and endorsed George W. Bush)
- Elizabeth Dole, former Secretary of Labor from North Carolina (withdrew on October 20, 1999 and endorsed George W. Bush)
- Pat Buchanan, publisher and author from Virginia (withdrew on October 25, 1999 to run for the Reform Party nomination)
- Dan Quayle, former Vice President from Indiana (withdrew on September 27, 1999 and endorsed George W. Bush)
- Lamar Alexander, former Governor of Tennessee (withdrew on August 22, 1999 and endorsed George W. Bush)
- Robert C. Smith, Senator from New Hampshire (withdrew in October 1999 and endorsed George W. Bush)
- John Kasich, Representative from Ohio (withdrew in July 1999 and endorsed George W. Bush)
- Herman Cain, CEO of Godfather's Pizza from Nebraska (withdrew and endorsed Steve Forbes. He then endorsed George W. Bush)
- "Statement of Candidacy". Federal Election Commission. http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?_99034384099+0. Retrieved February 16, 2013.