United States Senate election in Georgia, 2000

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United States Senate special election in Georgia, 2000
Georgia (U.S. state)
1998 ←
November 7, 2000
→ 2004

  Zell B Miller.jpg MackMattingly.jpg
Nominee Zell Miller Mack Mattingly
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,413,224 920,478
Percentage 58.19% 37.90%

U.S. Senator before election

Zell Miller
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Zell Miller
Democratic

The 2000 Georgia United States Senate special election was held on November 7, 2000. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Zell Miller, who was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to replace the late Paul Coverdell, won re-election to serve the remainder of the term.

Major candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

  • Zell Miller, incumbent U.S. Senator and former Governor

Republican[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The campaign was very nasty. One of the biggest campaign issues was Social Security. Miller attacked Mattingly for supporting a raise in the retirement age.[1] The Republican fought back by connecting him to liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, and on his vote to block legislation aimed at protecting Social Security. Mattingly said he will vote for Texas Governor George W. Bush for president, who is very popular in the state and lead Vice President Al Gore in many Georgia polls. Mattingly then asked Miller who he's supporting in the presidential election. Miller conceded he would vote for Gore because he helped him when he was governor including drought relief, welfare reform, and the Atlanta Olympics. "That does not mean I agree with all of his policies," he concluded.[2] In early October, a poll showed Miller leading with 59% of the vote, despite the fact that Bush was leading Gore by a double digit margin.[3]

Results[edit]

Note: This election was a non-partisan election due to it being a special election. Each candidate ran without a party. The parties below reflect which party label each candidate would have run under if given the option.

General election results[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Zell Miller 1,413,224 58.19%
Republican Mack Mattingly 920,478 37.90%
Libertarian Paul Robert MacGregor 25,942 1.07%
Republican Ben Ballenger 22,975 0.95%
Green Jeff Gates 21,249 0.88%
Republican Bobby Wood 12,499 0.51%
Independent Winnie Walsh 11,875 0.49%
Majority 492,746 20.29%
Turnout 2,428,242

References[edit]