By William Crotty
America’s selection 2000 makes an attempt to make experience of the longest operating, so much fiercely contested and, eventually, closest race within the background of presidential elections. What have been an earnest if predictable basic election crusade morphed right into a post-election day sequence of controversies that validated the nation’s electoral techniques, its courts, and its democratic tradition. finally, after all, a winner used to be declared and the state went approximately its company, despite the fact that now not sooner than primary questions have been raised as to the character of the vote and voter rationale and either the criteria and approaches used to make a decision elections. those concerns might be with us for future years. by means of any general, it was once a old election whose complete effects are but to be appreciated.America's selection 2000 conscientiously sifts in the course of the competing claims and techniques, studies what happened and gives a few exams as to the standard of the crusade, the character of the ultimate choice and the which means this has to the state. Crotty contains chapters dedicated to the Courts’ remarkable position in Election 2000, an exam of the general public opinion through the key occasions of the overall crusade, in addition to a bankruptcy detailing the result of key country and native elections in addition to the congressional races.
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1 A Profile of Bush and Gore Voters in the 2000 Presidential Election (%) Category Bush Gore Gender Male Female 53 43 42 54 54 9 35 35 4: 90 62 55 Race White Black Hispanic Other (Note: A voter profile of the US population is as follows: 81% White, 10% Black, 7% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% Other) Residence City (over 500,000) Suburbs Rural Union Households Religion Protestant/Christian Catholic Jewish Other None Former Perot Voters Households with Guns Union Households With Guns 26 49 59 37 71 47 37 59 56 47 19 28 SO 64 61 42 50 79 62 61 27 (Nader 7) 36 50 50 Source: "Election 2000: Breaking Down the Electorate," in Time, November 20, 2000, p.
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