Glossary Term – Event
Nearly a month after election day, George W. Bush was declared winner of the presidential election over Democratic nominee Al Gore with 271 electoral votes to Gore’s 267. Gore won more popular votes than Bush, but Bush had taken twenty-five key electoral votes in Florida, where a recount was set in motion. On December 4, the federal district court ruled to certify the existing count, a ruling upheld by the US Supreme Court. Florida officials ended the recount and declared Bush the winner of Florida’s electoral votes.