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2000 Presidential Election Florida

January 22, 2012 by staff 

2000 Presidential Election Florida, The 2000 United States presidential election in Florida took place on November 7, 2000 as part of the greater 2000 United States presidential election.

Florida, a swing state, had a major recount dispute that took center stage in the election. Thus, the outcome of the 2000 United States presidential election was not known for more than a month after balloting, because of the extended process of counting and then recounting of Florida presidential ballots. State results tallied on election night gave 246 electoral votes to Republican candidate George W. Bush and 255 to Democratic nominee Al Gore, with New Mexico (5), Oregon (7), and Florida (25) too close to call that evening. The arithmetic of the available electoral votes in all three states meant that at that point, the result in Florida was all that mattered, and even when both New Mexico and Oregon were declared in favor of the eventual loser Gore over the following few days, the drama in Florida uniquely dragged out for several weeks before eventually settling the election for the entire nation.

After an intense recount process and the decision of Bush v. Gore, Governor George W. Bush officially won Florida’s electoral votes and as a result, the entire presidential election. The process was extremely divisive, and led to calls for electoral reform in Florida. The Florida election saga eventually made its way to Hollywood in the HBO straight-to-TV movie, Recount, 2008.

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