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This was also the first presidential election since Jimmy Carter's narrow victory in 1976, that a presidential candidate from either party would win a presidential election with fewer than 300 electoral votes, and the first time a Republican would win without breaking that amount since William Mc Kinley's victory in 1900.
Article Two of the United States Constitution provides that the President and Vice President of the United States must be natural-born citizens of the United States, at least 35 years old, and a resident of the United States for a period of at least 14 years.
Both major party candidates focused primarily on domestic issues, such as the budget, tax relief, and reforms for federal social insurance programs, although foreign policy was not ignored.
Clinton and Gore often did not campaign together, a deliberate decision resulting from the Lewinsky sex scandal two years prior.
In contrast, according to Lance de Haven-Smith of Florida State University, based on "the definitive study of the uncounted ballots" (the Florida Ballot Project by NORC at the University of Chicago), if all the legally valid votes in Florida had been counted statewide, Gore would have been the winner, a conclusion de Haven-Smith calls "unambiguous and unavoidable." The Green Party gained widespread public attention during the 2000 presidential election when the ticket composed of Ralph Nader and Winona La Duke won 2.7% of the popular vote.
Nader was vilified by some Democrats, who accused him of spoiling the election for Gore.
This was the last time a Republican candidate won an electoral vote in the region of New England until 2016, with Donald Trump winning the 2nd Congressional District of Maine.
Bush was seen as the early favorite for the Republican nomination and, despite a contentious primary battle with Senator John Mc Cain and other candidates, secured the nomination by Super Tuesday.
Bush chose former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney as his running mate, while Gore chose Senator Joe Lieberman as his.
Litigation ensued in numerous counties in both state and federal courts, ultimately reaching the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
The high court's contentious 5–4 decision in Bush v.
After the election, recounts conducted by various news media organizations continued a primary focus on ballots that machines read as not showing a vote.