United States presidential election in Idaho, 2000
|Elections in Idaho|
The 2000 United States presidential election in Idaho took place on November 7, 2000 throughout all 50 states and D.C., which was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.
Idaho has become one of the most reliable red states in the country, and in 2000 Governor George W. Bush easily won the state, every congressional district, and county except Blaine County. In fact, the only other county in the state that Gore received at least 40% from was Shoshone County. Third party candidates totaled 5.2% of the votes, thus Gore did very poorly in the state getting below 30% of the vote.
|United States presidential election in Idaho, 2000|
|Party||Candidate||Running mate||Votes||Percentage||Electoral votes|
|Republican||George W. Bush||Dick Cheney||336,937||67.2%||4|
|Democratic||Al Gore||Joe Lieberman||138,637||27.6%||0|
|Write in||Ralph Nader||Winona LaDuke||12,292||2.5%||0|
|Reform||Patrick Buchanan||Ezola Foster||7,615||1.5%||0|
Technically the voters of Idaho cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Idaho is allocated 4 electors because it has 2 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 4 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 4 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 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 George W. Bush and Dick Cheney:
- Phil Batt
- Connie Hansen
- James McClure
- Orriette Sinclair