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Remember When: Congress certifies Bush as winner on Jan. 6, 2001

On this day in 2001, Vice President Al Gore (D) presided over a joint session of Congress that certified Gov. George W. Bush (R) of Texas as the winner of the 2000 election.

  • The election came down to the results in Florida, which Bush officially won by 537 votes after a manual recount was halted by a 5-4 US Supreme Court ruling. This gave Bush Florida’s 25 electoral votes and a 271-266 edge over Gore in the Electoral College.
  • Gore won the nationwide popular vote but lost in the Electoral College system. This marked only the third time in history the popular vote winner lost the election.
  • Bush performed well throughout the South (except Florida), as well as in rural Midwest/farming states, Ohio, Indiana, and the Rocky Mountain states.
  • Gore swept the Northeast (except New Hampshire), Great Lakes states like Michigan and Illinois, and the West Coast. This included taking his home state of Tennessee and Bill Clinton’s home state of Arkansas, which both went for Bush.

So in the closest election in over a century, Bush narrowly prevailed by securing Florida’s decisive electoral votes via the Supreme Court ruling, enabling him to win the Electoral College despite losing the popular vote to Gore. helped me


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