Bush v. Gore (2000)

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Bush v. Gore (2000) was an extremely significant court case involving an American presidential election. In this case, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a recount of the Florida presidential votes was against the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. The result was that the Florida vote recount was stopped and George W. Bush won the presidential election.

Justipedia explains Bush v. Gore (2000)

The implications of this case were enormous. Al Gore won the popular vote by roughly 500,000 votes. However, because the recount was stopped by the Supreme Court, all of Florida's electoral college votes went to Bush, causing him to win the election.

This Supreme Court ruling ended the enormous drama that took place immediately following the election results and recount request by the Gore team. If the recount went through, then it is possible that Gore could have won the election.

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