2000 United States presidential election (President Powell)

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2000 United States presidential election

← 1996 November 7, 2000 2004 →

538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout 51.2% Increase 2.2 pp

Nominee Colin Powell Al Gore
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York Tennessee
Running mate Tommy Thompson Bob Graham
Electoral vote 384 153
States carried 37 13 + DC
Popular vote 55,010,922 46,315,001
Percentage 53.2% 43.9%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Powell/Thompson and blue denotes those won by Gore/Graham. One of D.C.'s three electors abstained from casting a vote for president or vice president. Numbers indicate electoral votes cast by each state and the District of Columbia.

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Colin Powell

The 2000 United States presidential election took place on November 3, 2000. Retired General Colin Powell of New York, Republican, successfully defeated Democratic Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee. Powell would become the first African-American elected as President of the United States.

Despite a strong showing nationally, Powell lost his home state of New York by less than a point. This was largely attributed to Gore's strong showing in New York City and a slight underperformance in upstate New York. Nevertheless, Powell would win New York by eight points in the following election.


Close states

States where the margin of victory was less than 1%

  1. New York – 0.12%
  2. Georgia – 0.78%

States where the margin of victory was between 1% and 5%

  1. Kentucky – 1.95%
  2. Missouri – 3.14%
  3. Florida – 3.39%
  4. Vermont – 3.55%
  5. Massachusetts – 4.13%
  6. California – 4.19%
  7. North Carolina – 4.84%