2000 United States presidential election in Minnesota

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United States presidential election in Minnesota, 2000

← 1996 November 7, 2000 2004 →
Turnout70.11%[1] Increase
  Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg GeorgeWBush.jpg Ralph Nader headshot.jpg
Nominee Al Gore George W. Bush Ralph Nader
Party Democratic Republican Green
Home state Tennessee Texas Connecticut
Running mate Joe Lieberman Dick Cheney Winona LaDuke
Electoral vote 10 0 0
Popular vote 1,168,266 1,109,659 126,696
Percentage 47.91% 45.50% 5.20%

Minnesota Presidential Election Results by County, 2000.svg
County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in Minnesota took place on November 7, 2000, as part of the 2000 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 10 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Minnesota was won by Vice President Al Gore by a 2.4% margin of victory, a much weaker performance than President Bill Clinton had in 1996, when he carried the state with 51% of the vote and a 16% margin of victory. Despite winning the state, Gore lost most of the counties and congressional districts in the state. However Gore won highly populated counties such as Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and St. Louis County by safe margins. In terms of congressional districts, Gore won three districts including the urban 4th and 5th and won the 8th district with less than 50% of the vote. Bush overall dominated the rural areas, located in the western and southern parts of the state. No Republican has won the state since Richard Nixon in 1972, a Democratic streak longer than any other state. [2]

One reason the election was so close was that left-wing Green Party candidate Ralph Nader got over 5% of the vote.

Results[edit]

Despite Nader taking away a good deal of Gore voters, he was still able to win the state by a fairly close margin. Gore's win was partially due to his huge numbers out of Minneapolis, and St. Paul. Gore's win was able to keep Minnesota in Democrats hands once again. Minnesota has not gone for a Republican since 1972, when it went for then-president Richard M. Nixon. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Cook County voted for the Republican candidate.

United States presidential election in Minnesota, 2000
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Al Gore Joe Lieberman 1,168,266 47.91% 10
Republican George W. Bush Dick Cheney 1,109,659 45.50% 0
Green Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 126,696 5.20% 0
Reform Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster 22,166 0.91% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Art Olivier 5,282 0.22% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips J. Curtis Frazier 3,272 0.13% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin A. Nat. Goldhaber 2,294 0.09% 0
Socialist Workers James Harris Margaret Trowe 1,022 0.04% 0
Write Ins 28 0.00% 0
Totals 2,438,685 100.00% 10
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered) 67%/75%

By county[edit]

County Gore% Gore# Bush% Bush# Others% Others# Total
Aitkin 44.98% 3,830 44.10% 3,755 10.91% 929 8,514
Anoka 46.22% 68,008 47.07% 69,256 6.71% 9,869 147,133
Becker 35.85% 5,253 55.63% 8,152 8.52% 1,249 14,654
Beltrami 41.73% 7,301 47.71% 8,346 10.56% 1,848 17,495
Benton 39.41% 6,009 50.25% 7,663 10.34% 1,577 15,249
Big Stone 46.92% 1,430 44.95% 1,370 8.14% 248 3,048
Blue Earth 44.45% 12,329 46.66% 12,942 8.9% 2,468 27,739
Brown 35.58% 4,650 56.40% 7,370 8.02% 1,048 13,068
Carlton 56.29% 8,620 36.43% 5,578 7.28% 1,115 15,313
Carver 35.23% 12,462 58.78% 20,790 5.99% 2,120 35,372
Cass 40.01% 5,534 51.58% 7,134 8.42% 1,164 13,832
Chippewa 45.45% 2,952 45.84% 2,977 8.71% 566 6,495
Chisago 43.02% 9,593 49.04% 10,937 7.94% 1,770 22,300
Clay 42.41% 10,128 49.04% 11,712 8.55% 2,041 23,881
Clearwater 37.56% 1,466 54.75% 2,137 7.69% 300 3,903
Cook 40.96% 1,171 45.30% 1,295 13.75% 393 2,859
Cottonwood 39.91% 2,503 53.72% 3,369 6.36% 399 6,271
Crow Wing 39.34% 11,255 52.55% 15,035 8.12% 2,322 28,612
Dakota 46.49% 85,446 47.47% 87,250 6.05% 11,114 183,810
Dodge 41.22% 3,370 51.54% 4,213 7.24% 592 8,175
Douglas 36.36% 6,352 56.16% 9,811 7.49% 1,308 17,471
Faribault 42.31% 3,624 50.62% 4,336 7.06% 605 8,565
Fillmore 48.44% 5,020 44.83% 4,646 6.73% 698 10,364
Freeborn 52.11% 8,514 41.89% 6,843 6.% 980 16,337
Goodhue 44.25% 9,981 48.12% 10,852 7.63% 1,721 22,554
Grant 40.53% 1,507 48.52% 1,804 10.95% 407 3,718
Hennepin 53.19% 307,599 39.02% 225,657 7.8% 45,086 578,342
Houston 43.61% 4,502 49.18% 5,077 7.22% 745 10,324
Hubbard 37.12% 3,632 54.24% 5,307 8.65% 846 9,785
Isanti 41.17% 6,247 50.54% 7,668 8.28% 1,257 15,172
Itasca 47.87% 10,583 43.18% 9,545 8.95% 1,979 22,107
Jackson 42.71% 2,364 50.10% 2,773 7.19% 398 5,535
Kanabec 40.70% 2,831 50.03% 3,480 9.27% 645 6,956
Kandiyohi 42.02% 8,220 51.25% 10,026 6.74% 1,318 19,564
Kittson 40.46% 1,107 49.45% 1,353 10.09% 276 2,736
Koochiching 41.35% 2,903 50.19% 3,523 8.46% 594 7,020
Lac qui Parle 49.28% 2,244 42.62% 1,941 8.1% 369 4,554
Lake 53.85% 3,579 37.09% 2,465 9.06% 602 6,646
Lake of the Woods 38.01% 848 54.50% 1,216 7.49% 167 2,231
Le Sueur 42.72% 5,361 48.91% 6,138 8.37% 1,051 12,550
Lincoln 47.51% 1,590 45.20% 1,513 7.29% 244 3,347
Lyon 40.60% 4,737 52.17% 6,087 7.23% 843 11,667
McLeod 35.76% 5,609 55.98% 8,782 8.26% 1,296 15,687
Mahnomen 39.92% 921 48.63% 1,122 11.44% 264 2,307
Marshall 35.37% 1,910 53.93% 2,912 10.7% 578 5,400
Martin 39.71% 4,166 54.19% 5,686 6.1% 640 10,492
Meeker 40.50% 4,402 50.78% 5,520 8.72% 948 10,870
Mille Lacs 41.90% 4,376 50.01% 5,223 8.09% 845 10,444
Morrison 34.65% 5,274 53.85% 8,197 11.5% 1,751 15,222
Mower 57.24% 10,693 36.79% 6,873 5.97% 1,115 18,681
Murray 43.23% 2,093 49.71% 2,407 7.06% 342 4,842
Nicollet 45.32% 7,041 46.48% 7,221 8.19% 1,273 15,535
Nobles 41.92% 3,760 53.13% 4,766 4.95% 444 8,970
Norman 41.79% 1,575 47.97% 1,808 10.24% 386 3,769
Olmsted 43.01% 25,822 51.04% 30,641 5.95% 3,575 60,038
Otter Tail 33.89% 9,844 58.40% 16,963 7.7% 2,237 29,044
Pennington 37.59% 2,458 51.69% 3,380 10.72% 701 6,539
Pine 45.96% 6,148 43.76% 5,854 10.28% 1,375 13,377
Pipestone 39.63% 1,970 54.17% 2,693 6.2% 308 4,971
Polk 39.70% 5,764 52.40% 7,609 7.9% 1,147 14,520
Pope 45.25% 2,771 45.85% 2,808 8.9% 545 6,124
Ramsey 56.16% 138,470 35.56% 87,669 8.28% 20,415 246,554
Red Lake 37.95% 830 49.84% 1,090 12.21% 267 2,187
Redwood 33.98% 2,681 58.15% 4,589 7.87% 621 7,891
Renville 42.52% 3,533 48.57% 4,036 8.91% 740 8,309
Rice 49.87% 13,140 41.28% 10,876 8.85% 2,333 26,349
Rock 41.33% 2,081 55.05% 2,772 3.61% 182 5,035
Roseau 29.04% 2,128 64.07% 4,695 6.89% 505 7,328
St. Louis 59.04% 64,237 32.56% 35,420 8.4% 9,138 108,795
Scott 39.55% 17,503 54.13% 23,954 6.32% 2,797 44,254
Sherburne 38.78% 12,109 53.85% 16,813 7.37% 2,302 31,224
Sibley 35.75% 2,687 54.38% 4,087 9.87% 742 7,516
Stearns 38.85% 24,800 50.76% 32,402 10.39% 6,629 63,831
Steele 42.36% 6,900 50.48% 8,223 7.16% 1,167 16,290
Stevens 41.66% 2,434 48.46% 2,831 9.88% 577 5,842
Swift 48.43% 2,698 42.65% 2,376 8.92% 497 5,571
Todd 35.87% 4,132 52.36% 6,031 11.76% 1,355 11,518
Traverse 40.83% 884 49.61% 1,074 9.56% 207 2,165
Wabasha 42.23% 4,522 48.99% 5,245 8.78% 940 10,707
Wadena 34.55% 2,251 57.29% 3,733 8.16% 532 6,516
Waseca 40.97% 3,694 51.11% 4,608 7.92% 714 9,016
Washington 46.01% 49,637 47.74% 51,502 6.24% 6,736 107,875
Watonwan 43.21% 2,258 49.02% 2,562 7.77% 406 5,226
Wilkin 30.33% 1,046 58.92% 2,032 10.76% 371 3,449
Winona 45.73% 11,069 44.51% 10,773 9.75% 2,361 24,203
Wright 38.08% 16,762 54.21% 23,861 7.71% 3,394 44,017
Yellow Medicine 44.72% 2,528 45.96% 2,598 9.32% 527 5,653

Electors[edit]

Technically the voters of Minnesota cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Minnesota is allocated 10 electors because it has 8 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 10 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 10 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[3] 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:[4]

  1. Carol Bartels
  2. Prudy Cameron
  3. Joan Campbell
  4. Elmer Deutschmann
  5. Elizabeth Kalisch
  6. Matthew Little
  7. Glenda Meixell
  8. John Meuers
  9. Janis Ray
  10. Georgiana Ruzich

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Office of the State Of Minnesota Secretary of State". www.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  2. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/
  3. ^ http://www.uselectionatlas.org/INFORMATION/ARTICLES/pe2000timeline.php
  4. ^ http://presidentelect.org/e2000.html