Patrick Kim HIS-112 US Hist Since Reconst August 4, 2010 The United States presidential election of 2000 was the epic battle between Republican candidate George Walker Bush and Democratic candidate Al Gore. At the time George Bush was the governor of Texas and Al Gore was the Vice President to Bill Clinton. The unfortunate outcome of the election was the victory of Bush narrowly winning the November 7th election with 271 electoral votes compared to Gore’s 266(Federal Election Commission). The winner of the election was determined by the 25 electoral votes coming from Florida and this is where the major controversy stems from. Clearly, some awry events occurred that prevented the election of the true President of the United States, Al Gore.
Traditional history holds that the South was defeated by overwhelming Union manpower and resources. That same history states that the South only lasted as long as it did (four years) because of the brilliance of the South’s (and even America’s) greatest general, Robert E. Lee (Thomas, 1995). The fact is the South could have won the Civil War. History shows many wars have been won by the weaker opponent. The American Revolution demonstrated that a vastly inferior American army (with no Navy) was able to outlast and when needed decisively fight and beat the most powerful army (English) in the world.
Though Al Gore won the popular vote by 48.4% Bush won the votes of the Electoral College which resulted in him winning the Presidential election. Another example that presents Electoral Colleges distorted nature is the 1996 election in which Bill Clinton achieved 49% of the popular vote and went on to achieve 70% of the Electoral College vote. However, this is a weak argument as prior to this election it never occurred that a running candidate had more Electoral College votes without gaining the majority of votes in the national popular vote. A national popular vote would allow democracy to function in its most pure form by selecting the President based on the national popular
It is always one of the minor BCS games. The national championship game is reserved for the winner of the Southeastern Conference and a team to be determined. Which brings us to the second major problem with the BCS; it has become a matter of course that the Southeastern Conference champion is going to play for the national title. This further limits the field of potential title contenders by insuring that 1 of 12 teams
As the election for the 44th President of the United States closes in on its November election date, many hopeful candidates have come and gone, but only three remain a strong possibility towards reaching the highest role of political excellence. The three candidates are Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican nominee John McCain. There has been much discourse and rhetoric on the democratic side as to what the deciding variable will be for getting that elusive nomination; a criticism that does not reside in John McCain’s campaign because of his quick and swift domination of his party’s candidates to capture the Republican nomination. When running for any public office seat, there is a buffet of topics, Iraq, healthcare and social security to name a few, that the candidate must defend or renounce. If the public is uncertain what kind of
[pic] |Project 2.1.1 Majority Vote | Introduction The United States 2000 Presidential Election between George W. Bush (Republican) and Albert "Al" Gore (Democrat) will be best remembered for the controversy over who won Florida's 25 electoral votes, and ultimately, who won the presidency. |[pic] |At the heart of the controversy was the use of antiquated and unreliable paper ballots. The use of | | |these paper ballots resulted in an unacceptable amount of over-votes and under-votes. An over-vote | | |occurs when someone’s vote is counted more than once, and an under-vote occurs when someone’s vote is | | |not counted at all.
What would turn into a four-year conflagration and take more American lives than two subsequent world wars together was expected by many at first to be no more than a "show of power" exhibited by both factions that would end in quick compromise. But, it soon became apparent that the South would not bargain. It didn’t matter that the industrial North was considered unbeatable with its larger population and its iron factories able to churn out artillery by the carloads. The pride of the South was wounded, and the scars were enough to inspire its men to victory in the first several engagements, including the First Battle of Manassas, 30 miles from Washington
After securing an impressive, second-placePage 580 | Top of Articlefinish in the New Hampshire primary and winning southern primaries, Clinton’s victories in the New York and California primaries assured him of the Democratic presidential nomination. Meanwhile, Republican president George H. W. Bush’s reelection campaign was weakened by the lingering effects of the 1990-1991 recession, Bush’s violation of his 1988 promise not to raise taxes, dwindling public concern with foreign policy, and the independent presidential candidacy of Ross Perot, a Texas
Senate, as a Republican. " he raised an astonishing $2.4 million and won 607,391 votes (about 60% of the white Republican vote)", but in the end he still lost the primary. Not giving up yet, Duke ran again in 1991, against Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. Edwars beat Duke by " 22 percentage points in the Democratic primary vote", but Duke took more than 50% of the white vote, 671,009 votes in total. In 1998, Duke published an autobiography, My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding, the book is mostly about the return of oublic anti-Semitism and racist activism.
The American political culture changed dramatically from 2004 to 2008. The 2000 election was not without turmoil. As many American's remember the Florida recounts as well as the Supreme Court's ruling was the deciding factor granting George W. Bush election and four years as our President. This contributed to many American's, particularly African American's pivotal role in the 2008 election of our first African American President, Barack Obama. The political climate mirrored that of the American people's views of where our country was headed.