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From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State RepublicansFlorida and Its Politics since 1940$
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David R. Colburn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044859

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044859.001.0001

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The Presidential Election of 2000

The Presidential Election of 2000

What Happened in Florida?

(p.190) 8 The Presidential Election of 2000
From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State Republicans

David R. Colburn

University Press of Florida

In one of the closest and most hotly contested presidential elections in American history, the outcome came down to Florida. And in the weeks that followed, Americans watched in disbelief as a series of bizarre ballot problems, an aging senior population, and a political donnybrook threatened the election outcome. This chapter focuses particularly on the events that unfolded in Florida and the ways in which its disparate constituencies divided over the presidential candidacies of Democrat Al Gore and Republican George Bush. With Jeb Bush as governor, and a popular one at that, most thought his brother George would capture the state. But Florida was as sharply divided in this contest as the rest of the nation, and the response of its constituent groups mirrored voting patterns elsewhere and among other like-minded groups. Both parties in Florida thought the other was trying to steal the election, and both pushed the envelope in asserting the claims of their respective candidate. On one side stood the Governor, the legislature, and the U.S. Supreme Court, and on the other, the state Attorney General and the Florida Supreme Court. It was mayhem.

Keywords:   2000 presidential election, seniors, Al Gore, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Florida

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