The election of 2000
- The 2000 presidential election pitted Republican George W. Bush against Democrat Al Gore.
- Initial election returns showed that Gore had won the popular vote, but neither candidate had garnered the 270 electoral votes required to win the presidency.
- The election hinged on results from the state of Florida, where the vote was so close as to mandate a recount.
- The outcome of the election was ultimately decided by the US Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. The court, in a 5-4 vote, ruled in favor of Bush.