The Presidential Election of 2000

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The Presidential Election of 2000

Presidential election cycles are always three-ring circuses, and the 2000 election has become one of the biggest circuses ever. With a two-term president unable to seek re-election, the House of Representatives clearly up for grabs, and Democrats counting on major Senate gains -- even hoping to win control -- there is a lot at stake in this year's elections. Republicans' optimism is based on their view that they will take back the White House after an eight-year hiatus. GOP insiders believe that Americans are tired of Bill Clinton, have doubts about Vice President Al Gore and are ready for change. Republican turnout was down in 1998, which helps account for the party's poor showing in the off-year
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But the race turned again before the end of September, when Bush went on two popular daytime television shows and Gore was hit by the media and his GOP opponents for exaggerating and embellishing stories and anecdotes. Suddenly, Gore was again on the defensive over the issue of character. The polls turned toward Bush, who received a surprising boost from the first presidential debate and then for Dick Cheney's performance in the lone debate between the vice presidential candidates. Bush did even better in the second presidential debate, and while most political insiders thought Gore did better in the third debate, television viewers split between Bush and Gore when asked to pick the winner. So, as Election Day nears, the roller-coaster presidential race looked much as it once did -- headed for a close contest and an uncertain outcome.
While it's unclear whether the Democrats can hang onto the White House, it's likely that the Republicans will lose seats in both the House and Senate. Normally, a strong economy means a content electorate that returns congressional incumbents to office and maintains the political status quo. But this year is different. While few House incumbents are likely to lose, the narrowness of the GOP's House majority means the Democrats could pick up just a handful of seats and still win control of
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