The election of 2000 was the closest and most controversial election in all U.S. history. This event was the fierce competition full of irregularities and unfairness between George W. Bush and Al Gore to become the first president elected in the 21st century that turned into an intense political and legal battle to decide the presidency. It was such an interesting and unique election because unlike how elections are supposed to work, the election of 2000, for many unique reasons, did not end with a clear winner. This event was not only an election, but a test of american democracy that challenged many people’s trust in the american court system, and left millions of americans asking the question, who really won the election of 2000?
Al Gore, who had served as the vice president under Bill Clinton, was selected to run on the democratic ticket in 2000. He focused his campaign on improving the economy and keeping the federal surplus created by Clinton while continuing to pay of the national debt. However, Gore tried to separate himself from Clinton to avoid being associated with the shame and disgrace of Clinton's sex scandal. Gore's plan also included putting funding into improving Medicare, social security, and programs to protect the environment and help the needy. For his running mate he chose Joe Lieberman, the first man of Jewish faith to run for Vice President.
George W. Bush, son of former president George H. W. Bush, was the candidate running on the republican ticket in 2000. Bush's campaign was much different than Gore's. Bush supported the theory of trickle down economics and promised large tax cuts. He also called for improved education through testing. Bush had a likable personality and loyal supporters. He chose Dick Cheney as his running mate.
There were two other main candidates who ran in the election of 2000. Ralph Nader was a strong liberal and a radical environmentalist who ran on the Green Party ticket. Nader took a significant amount of votes away from Gore which would prove to be very important later on in the race. Pat Buchanan was ultra-conservative candidate who ran on the reform party ticket. He was predicted to take some votes away from Bush, but did not end up receiving many votes partially due to health problems during his campaign.
From near the beginning of the election many people predicted it would be a close race, but no one could have imagined exactly how close this race would come. Bush had the first lead that lasted until august 2000 when gore took the lead after the democratic convention. The American people were split down the middle after Bush and Gore's three televised votes. Bush took most of the south and west, while Gore took the northeast and California. Gore, however, in a rare case, did not win his home state of Tennessee which if he had won, would have secured him enough electoral votes to win the entire election.
At the end of the voting it showed that the...