In the most contentious presidential election in over a century, Republicans George W. Bush and Richard Cheney won the electoral votes from the state of Florida by a margin of fewer than 1000 votes, resulting in a 271-267 Electoral College victory over the Democrats, Albert Gore, Jr. and Joseph Lieberman. This category is intended for sites specifically defending or criticizing the procedures and events which resulted in the eventual election of George W. Bush as the 43rd President.
The close margin of this race magnified the public concern regarding an array of irregularities, among them:
- a poorly designed ballot that could have confused some voters
- uncertain rules and shifting standards regarding the hand-counting of ballots
- accusations of voter intimidation and disenfranchisement of minorities, overseas military, and elderly voters
- criticisms about the certification of results, including concern about deadlines, rulings of the Secretary of State (a Bush supporter), the fact that governor Jeb Bush was a brother of candidate George W. Bush and might seek to alter the outcome, and potential voter fraud
- criticism of the television networks' announcement of first Gore, then Bush, then neither as the winner using flawed exit polling data
- complaints about the decisions of the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, and other courts affecting all of the above.
Partisans on either side accused the other of attempting to "steal" the election and disenfranchise voters. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court refused the Gore team a late appeal to extend the deadline to allow time for a statewide manual recount, and Bush was declared the victor.
Gore delivered a magnanimous concession speech on national television, and for his part, Bush promised to follow his campaign slogan and be a "uniter, not a divider" in pursuing his policy objectives.