Election results map. Red denotes states won by Dole/Keyes (27), Blue denotes states won by Leberman/Wellstone (22+D.C.), and Green denotes states won by Gore/Nader(1).
President before election Phil Gramm Republican
Elected President Joe Lieberman Democratic
The Election of 2000 was the 54th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 7, 2000. Incumbent President Phil Gramm decided not to run for another full term, as he had become upopular following attempts to eliminate the public school system and his approval ratings had dropped below 70%. The election could be considered a realigning election, as it saw the first victory of a Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut ended 20 years of Republican control of the White House after narrowly defeating Senator Bob Dole. He managed to unite the far-left and the moderate "Reagan Democrats" to pull off the first Democratic victory since 1976, while Dole's campaign suffered from miscues and he did not have the full support of the Republican party's conservative wing. Al Gore of Tennessee made a significant third-party attempt, carrying 1 state and 11 electoral votes, as well as 2.2% of the popular vote. The Democrats kept the House which they had gained in the 1998 midterms, but stayed a minority in the Senate.