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The 2000 United States elections were held on November 7, 2000. Republican Governor George W. Bush of Texas defeated Democratic Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee in the presidential election. Republicans retained control of both houses of Congress, giving the party unified control of Congress and the presidency for the first time since the 1954 elections.

2000 United States elections
Presidential election year
Election dayNovember 7, 2000
Incumbent presidentBill Clinton (Democratic)
Next Congress107th
Presidential election
Partisan controlRepublican Gain
Popular vote marginDemocratic +0.5%
Electoral vote
George W. Bush (R)271
Al Gore (D)266
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2000 presidential election results. Red denotes states won by Bush, blue denotes states won by Gore. Numbers indicate the electoral votes won by each candidate.
Senate elections
Overall controlDemocratic Gain[1]
Seats contested34 of 100 seats
(33 Class I seats +1 special election)
Net seat changeDemocratic +4
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2000 Senate results

  Democratic gain   Democratic hold
  Republican gain   Republican hold

House elections
Overall controlRepublican Hold
Seats contestedAll 435 voting members
Popular vote marginRepublican +0.5%
Net seat changeDemocratic +1
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2000 House of Representatives results
(territorial delegate races not shown)
     Democratic hold      Republican hold
     Democratic gain      Republican gain
     Independent gain      Independent hold
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested14 (12 states, 2 territories)
Net seat changeDemocratic +1
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2000 gubernatorial election results
Territorial races not shown

  Democratic gain   Democratic hold
  Republican gain   Republican hold

With Democratic President Bill Clinton term-limited, Gore won his party's nomination by defeating Senator Bill Bradley in the Democratic primaries. Bush defeated Senator John McCain in the Republican primaries to win his party's presidential nomination. Bush took 271 of the 538 electoral votes, winning the decisive state of Florida by a margin of 537 votes after a recount was halted by the Supreme Court in the case of Bush v. Gore. Bush was the first winning presidential candidate to lose the popular vote since the 1888 presidential election.

Democrats picked up a net of four seats in the Senate, falling one seat short of taking the majority. Democrats picked up a net of one seat in the House, but Republicans retained a narrow majority. In the gubernatorial elections, Democrats won a net gain of one seat.

Federal electionsEdit

PresidentEdit

In the 2000 presidential election, Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush defeated Democratic incumbent Vice President Al Gore. The election was eye-catchingly close, but was the third straight election where neither party won a majority of the popular vote. [2]

United States SenateEdit

The 33 seats in the United States Senate Class 1 were up for election plus one special election. Democrats picked up net of four seats.[3] Six senators were defeated in the November 2000 election. The five defeated Republicans included Spencer Abraham of Michigan, John Ashcroft of Missouri, Slade Gorton of Washington, Rod Grams of Minnesota, and William V. Roth of Delaware. The single defeated Democrat was Charles S. Robb of Virginia.[4]

The Senate elections left both parties with control of fifty Senate seats. In the subsequent 107th United States Congress, Democrats controlled the Senate from January 3, 2001 to January 20, 2001, when Dick Cheney was sworn in as vice president. Republicans maintained control of the chamber until June 6, 2001, when Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party and began caucusing with the Democrats.

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

Republicans won the national popular vote for the House of Representatives by a margin of 0.5 points.[5] Republicans lost two seats in the House, while Democrats gained 1 seat and 1 independent, Virgil Goode, was elected.[6] Following the 2000 election, the majority of the House seaters in the South and Midwest were held by the Republican party, while the larger number of seats in the Northeast and West were held by the Democratic party.[7]

State electionsEdit

One sitting governor was defeated in the November 2000 general election. Cecil H. Underwood, Republican of West Virginia, concluded the 2000 election with a 47.2 election percentage. Bob Wise, Democrat, was elected to a four-year term.[8]

Local electionsEdit

Mayoral electionsEdit

Some of the major American cities that held their mayoral elections in 2000 included:

Initiatives and ReferendaEdit

 
Vote for same-sex marriage ban by counties:
  90–100%
  80–90%
  70–80%
  60–70%
  50–60%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Republicans briefly lost their Senate majority in January 2001 when the 107th Congress was seated, but they regained their majority that same month when Republican Dick Cheney was sworn in as vice president. Democrats gained the majority in the Senate in May 2001 after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Senate Caucus.
  2. ^ Scammon, Richard M., Alice V. McGillivray, and Rhodes Cook. America Votes 24: A Handbook of Contemporary American Election Statistics, 2000. Washington, D.C.: CQ, 2001. Print.
  3. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 7, 2000" (PDF). U.S. House of Reps, Office of the Clerk. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  4. ^ Scammon, Richard M., Alice V. McGillivray, and Rhodes Cook. America Votes 24: A Handbook of Contemporary American Election Statistics, 2000. Washington, D.C.: CQ, 2001. Print.
  5. ^ "Election Statistics, 1920 to Present". United States House of Representatives.
  6. ^ "2000 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  7. ^ Scammon, Richard M., Alice V. McGillivray, and Rhodes Cook. America Votes 24: A Handbook of Contemporary American Election Statistics, 2000. Washington, D.C.: CQ, 2001. Print.
  8. ^ Scammon, Richard M., Alice V. McGillivray, and Rhodes Cook. America Votes 24: A Handbook of Contemporary American Election Statistics, 2000. Washington, D.C.: CQ, 2001. Print.
  9. ^ Perry, Tony (November 9, 2000). "San Diego Winner Puts Ethics Panel on Agenda". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 19, 2014.

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