By William Crotty
America’s selection 2000 makes an attempt to make feel of the longest working, such a lot fiercely contested and, eventually, closest race within the heritage of presidential elections. What have been an earnest if predictable normal election crusade morphed right into a post-election day sequence of controversies that demonstrated the nation’s electoral approaches, its courts, and its democratic tradition. finally, after all, a winner was once declared and the country went approximately its company, even if now not prior to primary questions have been raised as to the character of the vote and voter cause and either the factors and methods used to choose elections. those matters might be with us for future years. by way of any general, it was once a old election whose complete effects are but to be appreciated.America's selection 2000 conscientiously sifts during the competing claims and techniques, experiences what happened and provides a few checks as to the standard of the crusade, the character of the ultimate determination and the which means this has to the kingdom. Crotty contains chapters dedicated to the Courts’ exceptional 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 kingdom and native elections in addition to the congressional races.
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November 9,2000, p. A18). 8 Election I. Nader Support in the 2000 Nader's Percentage of the Vote in Pre-Election Period Date % September 4-10 September 11-17 September 18-24 September 25—October 1 October 2-8 October 8-15 October 14-22 3 3 2 3 3 2 II. •1 Second Choice of Nader Voters Likely Voters % AJ Gore George W. Bush Would not vote Other/don't know 43 21 21 IS III. Profile of Nader Supporters (Total 4% of Likely Voters) Nader Support 0/ Independent: Libera] Some college Moderate West East Nonwhite Midwest Men Women College graduate/ postgraduate study' White 50+ South No college Conservative Democrat Republican 10 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 /o 4 4 3 2 2 2 1 Source Gallup Poll, October 16-22, 2000 William Crotty 31 Such an accusatory and even bitter tone reflected the media's questions directed at Nader immediately after the initial results were in.
T h e issues addressed, the intensity of the justice's questioning, the quality of the lawyers' argumentation, and the heat and emotion that enveloped the whole affair provided for great theatre. It also introduced Americans to the subtleties of the vote, issues it is likely few had thought about. In an extraordinary, nearly two and a one-half hour hearing carried live on television, justices of the state's highest court peppered lawyers for both sides with searching, skeptical questions. The justices honed in .
THE CLOSING STAGES OF THE CAMPAIGN Going into the last two weeks, the election was close. A tracking poll by John Zogby of 1,206 likely voters for Reuters/MSNBC showed Bush at 45 percent (his largest lead since late September), Gore at 41 percent, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader at 5 percent and Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan at 1 percent, with 7 percent of the voters undecided. A New York Thnes/CBS telephone poll of 1,010 registered voters had a number of positive assessments the candidates must have appreciated—most (between 59% and 70%) saw them as able to get things done, skilled leaders and candidates who stressed issues rather than personal attacks on their opponents.
America's Choice 2000: Entering a New Millenium by William Crotty