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Point of Divergence

Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994

Al Gore, 43rd President of the United States

In early October 2000, as election day was rapidly approaching, both presidential campaigns were looking for a meaningful advantage over the other. It was not as if either were at a disadvantage - indeed, the race was tied in most polls, and well within the margin of error of every other one. For the Gore campaign, the situation was particularly desperate. Al Gore, for reasons unknown, had refused to allow Bill Clinton to campaign with him, seriously hurting his chances in the swing state of Florida, as well as other southern states.

After Gore’s campaign consider the situation for several days, it was decided the only meaningful change they could make was convince Gore to let Clinton Campaign with him. So one October 4th, Donna Brazile, as well as other powerful campaigners, organized a meeting with Gore. While the exact content of the meeting has never been released, immediately afterwards Gore called Clinton. Again, the exact content of the call was never revealed, but it amounted to Clinton leaving DC and joining the campaign trail almost immediately.

ElectoralCollege2000 (Blue Florida)

After a short campaign stop in New Hampshire on October 6th, Clinton flew south to Florida, where the races was too close to call. Kicking off his Florida tour with a rally in Miami, Clinton gave a rousing speech, and announced he would continue to campaign until “My Friend Al earns his place in the Oval Office.” Immediately, he began touring Southern Florida, focusing on the counties of Lee, Hendry, and Charlotte. After campaigning in the south from October the 8th to the 16th, Clinton again got on a plane, this time to central Florida.

On October 17th, Clinton arrived in Tampa, Florida. Here, he gave a rousing speech, and after another speech in Saint Petersburg began to tour central Florida. Except for a brief trip to the panhandle on October the 22nd to the 24th, he would largely focus on the counties of Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, and Polk, with shorter, but noticeable excursions to Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, and Pinellas. While it is hard to know exactly how much effect Clinton’s campaigning was, one thing is clear: On November 7th, 2000, Al Gore won the presidency of the United States of America.

And he won it with a Blue Florida.

Timeline

Note: This timeline is very basic. More will come.

  • November 2000: In one of the tightest presidential races in American history, Vice President Al Gore defeats Texas Governor George W. Bush.
  • 2001: President Gore is inaugurated alongside Vice President Joe Lieberman. The September 11 Terrorist Attacks occur, leading to the deaths of thousands of Americans. President Gore orders the invasion of Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban.
  • 2004: Gore narrowly defeats Senator John McCain of Arizona.
  • 2005: Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies. President Gore nominates David Souter as Chief Justice and Cass Sunstein as Associate Justice.
  • 2006: The most-senior Associate Justice, John Paul Stevens, resigns from the Supreme Court. President Gore nominates XXXX to fill his position.
  • 2008: With the economy in ruins, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is defeated by NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • 2009: Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor resigns. President Giuliani nominates XXXX to fill her position.
  • 2016: Most-senior Associate Justice, Antonin Scalia, dies unexpectedly. President XXXX appoints XXXX to fill the vacancy on the highest court of the land.

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