Bush vs Dukakis The 1988 Presidential Election On November 8, 1988, Republican Presidential candidate Vice President George H. W. Bush was elected as the forty-first President of the United States of America. Bush defeated Democratic challenger Governor Michael Dukakis by a ratio of a bout six-to-five. 49 million people voted for Bush, netting him 426 electoral votes while 42 million voted for Dukakis getting him 112 electoral votes. Strangely, a man not even running for President received an electoral vote; Lloyd Bentsen (Democratic Vice President Nominee) received one electoral vote from the state of West Virginia. Bush's victory was also a victory for the Republican Party, but the Democrats received a similar victory in that they retained control of both the House and the Senate.
Republican turnout was down in 1998, which helps account for the party's poor showing in the off-year elections. And even the most loyal Republican will agree that the party's recent presidential nominees, Bob Dole and former President George Herbert Walker Bush (in 1992), failed to excite Republicans and Independents. GOP strategists think that strength at the top of the ticket in 2000 will help all Republican candidates. Democrats have reasons to worry about the presidential race. While Republicans held the White House for three consecutive terms from 1980 to 1992, voters often grow tired of one party after two terms.
By the time of the final decision, over a month had passed since the original votes were cast (phschools.com). One of the main arguments in the Bush V. Gore case was that the Florida vote recount was unconstitutional according to the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause (Oyez.org). The Equal Protection Clause states that “no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal p... ... middle of paper ... ...story. (princeton.edu) In the end, Florida’s 25 electoral votes gave Bush, the republican, 271 total electoral votes. Al Gore, a democrat, ended up with a total of 266 electoral votes.
According to H. W. Brands in his book American Dreams, “the first rule of American politics is that voters reward incumbents for prosperity”1 which is exactly what Clinton and Gore gave the people. However, Gore would have to get past the scandals of the Clinton administration in order to win the popular vote. This deemed to not be too large... ... middle of paper ... ... person with different values and opinions could have been at the helm of the U.S. clearly shows how important it is that future presidential elections are fair and that we as a society can determine the true victor. Works Cited Agresti Alan, and Brett Presnell, "Misvotes, Undervotes and Overvotes: The 2000 Presidential Election in Florida," Statistical Science, 17, no. 4 (2002): 436-40, http://www.jstor.org/stable/3182765 Bishin Benjamin, Daniel Stevens, and Christian Wilson, "Character Counts?
I oppose the electoral college for these three reasons, in election 2000 the president that lost the popular vote actually won, everyone's vote doesn't really count, plus the electoral college has disrupted elections fifteen times! First of all I would like to bring to your attention that many votes don't even get counted if you call the United States a democracy. The way the whole Electoral College thing works is that each state is allowed a certain number of "electors" (the state's number of Representatives plus its Senators), who then vote for the president. The elector's vote based on the state's popular vote. After the state verifies the votes, the candidate that receives the most votes get all of that state's elector's votes.
For weeks after polls closed on November 7, it had been uncertain to the American public who had won the presidency. The election’s close margins and bitter words over the results led this controversy to the Supreme Court, respectively titled Bush v Gore; which was publicized with each man’s move, motivated voters to become better educated in the political process. After losing Florida, a state that had enough electoral votes to determine the election, and the election itself by only about 1000 votes, Al Gore requested that there be a formal recount to the Circuit Court of Florida. This was allowed because of the Florida state law which stated an automatic... ... middle of paper ... ...en Presidential Elections." The Stolen Presidential Elections.
George Bush supports... ... middle of paper ... ...third debate contributed to Gore success. Al Gore won the popular vote defiantly but is missing the 270 electoral votes because of Florida. Bush has been certified the winner in Florida by 537 votes, making him the president elect. However, the Gore campaign in currently contesting Florida's votes and has requested a manual recount due to the irregularities and large number of ballots that were not counted. The legal battle may take some time but hopefully Gore will prevail and a full recount will be granted and Gore elected president.
During the election of 2000 the Democrats had Vice President Al Gore run for the presidency against Republican Governor of Texas, George W. Bush. To go along with the normal controversial issues, this election was also controversial because of the way Republican Governor George W. Bush won the presidency. The year was 2000 in the month of November. It would be the first time since 1888 that a president would win the electoral vote without winning the popular vote. Vice President Al Gore led Governor George W. Bush by more than 500,000 popular votes while Bush led Gore by only four votes in the Electoral College.
In that year republican Ken Cuccinelli won his first statewide election to be the attorney general and laying the groundwork for the governorship race in 2013. In what turnout to be a bad year, a year after president Obama won Virginia in 2008, Ken Cuccinelli won the election by 15 points beating his democrat 57.51-42.39. In winning that election Ken Cuccinelli had the advantage to win his party nomination to be the governor candidate as now he have the name recognition to win the nomination. For the democrat Terry McAuliffe, 2009 was a bad year for him as he failed to secure the democrats party nomination finishing an embarrassing third place. In that election cycle a state senator from Bath county, Creigh Deeds won the primary and became the eventual nominee.
Ross Perot was more of a crusader against Washin... ... middle of paper ... ...al infidelity and draft dodging. American voter wanted someone that would directly benefit them and they found it in Clinton. We see a lot of similarities in today's campaign for the presidency. Currently Al Gore vows to keep the economy running strong. He is determined to keep George W. Bush from messing up what he has helped create in the last eight years.