Tuesday, November seventh, the year 2000; fourteen years ago, millions upon millions of Americans cast their ballot for either Democratic candidate Al Gore or Republican George W. Bush for the presidency. Later in the election process the public would learn that Al Gore had won the popular vote of the nation. Also, the public learned that despite this fact, Bush had won the majority of the electoral votes, resulting in him becoming the next president of the United States. This event left many people questioning the legitimacy of the system for selecting a president, the Electoral College. The Electoral College is an organized group of electors that has been in place since the founding fathers wrote the constitution.
The Presidential Election of 2000 Presidential election cycles are always three-ring circuses, and the 2000 election has become one of the biggest circuses ever. With a two-term president unable to seek re-election, the House of Representatives clearly up for grabs, and Democrats counting on major Senate gains -- even hoping to win control -- there is a lot at stake in this year's elections. Republicans' optimism is based on their view that they will take back the White House after an eight-year hiatus. GOP insiders believe that Americans are tired of Bill Clinton, have doubts about Vice President Al Gore and are ready for change. Republican turnout was down in 1998, which helps account for the party's poor showing in the off-year elections.
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. The presidential election as a whole was a negative race, with an abundance of personal attacks (mainly instigated by Bush). The election of Bush in 1988 confirmed the Republican domination of presidential politics for another four years. The Republican Primary was a race between Vice President George Bush and Senator Bob Dole because President Reagan had reached his term limit and could not run again. Bush was Reagan's Vice President, so he started the race as the Republican front-runner.
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.
The 2000 President Election isn’t considered to be the typical election that occurs every four years in our society. I am opening up the discussion of this important topic in American presidential history by first sharing a fact that not many people may know: there have been three previous presidential elections in which one candidate won the popular vote but not the electoral vote and lost the election. The 2000 Presidential Election was considered to be one of the most highly contested elections in presidential election history (Summary). The election was between Governor George W. Bush (R-TX) and Vice President Al Gore (D-TN). On Election Day night, news stations across the country were all giving an early win of Florida to Gore and this ended up proving to be a major upset in the end.
The race in Florida was within a thousand votes for most of the race. This may have exposed an issue that was occurring not only in the state of Florida, but possibly throughout the United States. “The court noted that in many counties, machines did not register votes because of defects in punch-card ballots ("hanging chads")”. With this new information, the American government began to make changes in the entire voting process in hopes of preventing further controversies such as this election. The process in Florida as just the beginning of the longest president election decision in the history of the United States.
There is quite a bit of controversy involved in the presidential election of 2000. There is evidence to support that Al Gore would have in fact won the election, if it were fair to both parties. This is not to say that the outcome was necessarily to George W. Bush’s fault, but the final result was improperly and unjustly swayed in his direction. The nation was held in the balance for nearly an entire month to learn the outcome of the election and who would be the next president of the United States of America. George W. Bush, losing the popular vote, managed to win the electoral votes giving him the victory due to legal technicalities and improper equipment.
Political campaigns have changed drastically over the last century, from black and white news papers to the utilization of social media. Throughout this essay we will utilize the 2012 presidential campaign as an example of how political campaign have changed the nature of American politics and how money has been the driving factor behind these campaigns. The 2012 presidential election was one that was won by a land slide by the incumbent party, President Obama. The election was between the Democratic President Obama and the Republican Governor Mitt Romney. To meet the requirements to run for president under the Constitution, Article II establishes the Executive Branch, and sets forth the following rules as to who can be the President.
The Florida Supreme Court had decided to recount the undervotes to make the election easier. It’s decision delayed the election for more than a month. The election was delayed because of undervotes being counted and then recounted. Undervotes are ballots that contain votes in some races but not all. The undervotes raised attention because the election was really close between Bush and Al Gore.