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The United States Presidential Election of 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore, the Supreme Court’s decision on Bush v. Gore, and the inauguration of Republican President Bush that followed are points of contention in democracy’s recent history. One of the closest elections in United States history, no official winner was declared on election night. When Florida’s votes were finally counted, the margin was so small that law required a recount of the votes. During the following month, several counties from Florida had to manually recount all votes. Bush v. Gore was the United States Supreme Court case to settle to recount dispute. While the election took place on November 7, 2000, the court ruling and outcome of the election were not decided until December 12, 2000. Although Al Gore had won the popular vote with 50,999,897 votes and 48.4% of the total votes cast, George W. Bush was announced the winner because he had 271 of the electoral votes, which is 1 more than the majority. The reason the recount had been so important in Florida was because the recount could have potentially tipped the number of electoral votes in favor of Al Gore, winning him the presidential election.
Many people were outraged by the Supreme Court decision claiming that the court had chosen their president and not the people’s votes. This spurred a group of more than 20,000 protestors to gather for Bush’s inauguration. There were approximately 10,000 law enforcement officials on Pennsylvania Avenue on the day of the inauguration. The number of law enforcement officers outnumbered the protestors in the actual demonstration area near the inauguration. Security for entering all areas was much tighter than previous inaugural days.
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