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he United States presidential election of 2000 was the 54th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 7, 2000. The contest was between Republican candidate George W. Bush, the incumbent governor of Texas, and Democratic candidate Al Gore, a popular Senator from Tennessee.
Al Gore was able to secure the Democratic nomination with relative ease, due to a lack of enthuastic Democratic challengers. In late 1999 and early 2000, few Democrats seemed to have the "fire in the belly" for the Presidency other than Gore. On the GOP side, Bob Dole announced in January, 2000, that he would finish the deceased Colin Powell's term and not run again. Bush was seen as the early favorite for the Republican nomination, and despite a contentious primary battle with Senator John McCain and other candidates, secured the nomination by Super Tuesday. Many third party candidates also ran, most prominently Ralph Nader. Bush chose former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney as his running mate, and Gore chose New York congressman and former Nicks basketball player Bill Bradley. Both major party candidates focused primarily on domestic issues, such as the budget, tax relief, and reforms for federal social insurance programs, though foreign policy was not ignored. The United States in 2000 was at peace everywhere in the world and the economy was prosperous, so the election wasn't particularly contentious. However, it was strinkingly close.
The election was close in the popular vote, where Gore prevailed, but especially close in the electoral vote, where Gore narrowly prevailed by winning the state of Florida by a few tens of thousands of votes.
|Candidate||Al Gore||George W. Bush||Ralph Nader|
|Positions||Senator||Governor of Texas||
Congressman from Connecticut
|Running Mate||Bill Bradley||Richard Cheney||Wionna LaDuke|
|Prior Candidate||Michael Dukakis||Colin Powell||Ralph Nader|
Last Election: 1996