United States presidential election in Delaware, 2000 Article

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United States presidential election in Delaware, 2000

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Nominee Al Gore George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Tennessee Texas
Running mate Joe Lieberman Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 180,068 137,288
Percentage 54.96% 41.90%

County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

George W. Bush

The 2000 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 7, 2000, part of the 2000 United States presidential election in all 50 states and D.C.. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Delaware was won by Vice President Al Gore by a 13.1% margin of victory. From 1952-1996, it gave the winning presidential candidate its electoral votes every single time. Gore won only one of Delaware's 3 counties, but he won New Castle County with almost 60% of the vote[ citation needed], and was able to carry the state because of the county's large population. Also, Bush won the other two counties, but with very small margins of victory[ citation needed]. This was also the first time since 1948, that Delaware would back the losing candidate in a presidential election.


United States presidential election in Delaware, 2000
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Albert Arnold Gore Jr. Joseph Isadore Lieberman 180,068 54.96% 3
Republican George Walker Bush Richard Bruce Cheney 137,288 41.91% 0
Green Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 8,307 2.54% 0
Reform Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster 777 0.24% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Wayne Allyn Root 774 0.24% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips Michael Peroutka 289 0.09% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin Mary Alice Herbert 107 0.03% 0
Totals 327,610 100.00% 3
Voter turnout (Voting age) 56%

Results breakdown

By county

County [1] Albert Arnold Gore Jr. George Walker Bush Other
Percentage Count Percentage Count Percentage Count
New Castle 59.9% 127,539 36.9% 78,587 3.2% 6,934
Kent 47.2% 22,790 49.9% 24,081 2.9% 1,383
Sussex 44.9% 29,739 52.2% 34,620 2.9% 1,929

By congressional district

Due to the state's low population, only one congressional district is allocated. This district, called the At-Large district, because it covers the entire state, and thus is equivalent to the statewide election results.

District Bush Gore Representative
At-large 41.9% 55.0% Mike Castle


Technically the voters of Delaware cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Delaware is allocated 3 electors because it has 1 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 3 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 3 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 18, 2000 [2] to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All were pledged to and voted for Gore and Lieberman: [3]

  1. Michael Begatto
  2. Margaret Rose Henry
  3. Ruth Ann Messick