The Electoral College in The United States

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Historical overview As the first Democrat in nearly 20 years to hold the position, Bill Clinton saw a successful, yet embattled tenure in the office of the presidency. As he looked to pass the torch to his Vice President Albert Gore Jr, a virtually unchallenged bid in the Democratic primary, as he carried all of the delegates, with the stance and platform of being a more moderate alternative to the liberal Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey. The Republican Party was locked in a more challenged series of primaries with the two frontrunners being Senator John McCain of Arizona, and Governor George W. Bush of Texas. The major third party candidates were consumer advocate of the Green Party Ralph Nader, and his running mate Winona LaDuke, as…show more content…
The night of November 7th 2000 put a flawed aspect of American democracy at the forefront of the world stage. The election to the office of the leader of the free world, the Presidency of the United States of America was in question. How could a candidate receive more votes and still lose in the richest most powerful democracy in the world? I need not to go into a debate about the Electoral College as my stance will be clarified rather clearly. The night of the election it seemed as if the Vice President and candidate for the Democratic Party was poised for a close victor. As the polls closed along the eastern seaboard, exit polling information indicated a clear, but narrow lead for the Vice President as he still need to secure Florida and two states totaling 15 electoral votes or more to win the Presidency (Toobin, 18). At 7:49 EST, NBC called Florida and the election for Gore, and so did 2 of the 4 major television networks did the same in the following minutes. As the night continued Gore secured Minnesota and New Mexico, but confusion in exit polling data had led to a premature call for Gore (18, Toobin). As the red eye hours of the morning continued all four media outlets reported a flood of data from Volusia County, Daytona Beach put Bush up by more than 50,000 votes, thus the media outlets followed suit and eventually called Florida for Bush. Although a questionable disappearance of
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