December 12 - 2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court Decides Bush v. Gore
The 2000 U.S. Presidential Election was one of the strangest in American history, largely because it was so close. Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote by about a half of a percent, but on election night, Texas Governor George W. Bush was declared the winner on the back of a narrow victory in Florida. Then the Florida vote was put in doubt, casting the whole election into chaos. Yet everything was done through legal measures. The Gore Campaign wanted a recount to narrow or overtake Bush's slim lead in Florida, but then the nature of the recount was challenged and deadlines were fast approaching. The case ended up before the Supreme Court, with the election being capped off by the close decision of 5-4 where partisan lines were obvious and judicial reasoning was surprising for many justices. Most importantly, the decision insured George W. Bush would become President of the United States.