Timeline (Gore Victorious)

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21st Century




  • November 7 – United States: Democratic Vice President Al Gore successfully defeats Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush, becoming the first Democrat to succeed another Democrat by election since 1856.
Election Night 2000
  • 6:00 PM EST – Polls close in Indiana and Kentucky. Indiana is called for George W. Bush, giving him 11 electoral votes, while Kentucky is too close to call.
  • 6:30 PM EST – Kentucky is called for Bush, raising his electoral total to 20 electoral votes.
  • 7:00 PM EST – Polls close in Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. South Carolina is immediately called for Governor Bush, while Vermont is called for Vice President Al Gore. The electoral total is 28 votes for Bush, 3 for Gore.
  • 7:30 PM EST – Polls close in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia, all three are too close to call.
  • 7:50 PM EST – Florida, home of Gore's running mate Bob Graham, is called for Gore, a major win for his campaign early in the night. The electoral total is tied 28 votes to 28 votes for Bush and Gore.
  • 7:55 PM EST – Virginia is called for Governor Bush, raising his count to 41 electoral votes.
  • 8:00 PM EST – Polls close in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C.. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey are immediately called for Gore, while Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Bush's home state of Texas are called for the Republican ticket. The electoral tally is 119 votes for Gore, 94 votes for Bush.
  • 8:15 PM EST – New Hampshire is called for Al Gore, bringing his total to 123 electoral votes.
  • 8:25 PM EST – Alabama is called for Governor Bush, bringing his electoral vote total to 103 electoral votes.
  • 8:30 PM EST – Polls close in Arkansas, home of incumbent President Bill Clinton, which is too close to call.
  • 8:35 PM EST – Maine is projected for Vice President Gore, bringing his total up to 127 electoral votes
  • 8:45 PM EST – Pennsylvania is projected for Gore, another major win for his campaign. The totals are now 150 electoral votes to 103 votes.