Delaware was won by
Vice PresidentAl 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, 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. This was also the first time since 1948, that Delaware would back the losing candidate in a presidential election.
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.
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
The electors of each state and the
District of Columbia met on December 18, 2000 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: