United States presidential election in Illinois, 2000

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United States presidential election in Illinois, 2000
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  Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg George-W-Bush.jpeg
Nominee Al Gore George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Tennessee Texas
Running mate Joe Lieberman Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 22 0
Popular vote 2,589,026 2,019,421
Percentage 54.6% 42.6%


County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

George W. Bush

The 2000 United States presidential election in Illinois 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 22 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Illinois was easily won by sitting Vice President Al Gore by a safe margin of victory, unlike other states in the Midwest, such as nearby Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, which Gore won, albeit by very small margins. Bush didn't perform terribly at the county level, as he obtained less than 40% of the vote in only three counties. Gore's key to victory was Cook County, home of Chicago, by far the most populous county in the state and one of the most populated counties in the nation. Gore won that county with almost 70% of the vote, his best performance in any county in the state. [1]


United States presidential election in Illinois, 2000
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Al Gore Joe Lieberman 2,589,026 54.6% 22
Republican George W. Bush Dick Cheney 2,019,421 42.6% 0
Green Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 103,759 2.2% 0
Reform Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster 16,106 0.3% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Wayne Allyn Root 11,623 0.3% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin Mary Alice Herbert 2,127 0.0% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips Michael Peroutka 57 0.0% 0
Write In David McReynolds - 4 0.0% 0
Totals 4,742,123 100.00% 3
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered) 52%/67%


Technically the voters of Illinois cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. For this election, Illinois is allocated 22 electors because it has 20 congressional districts and two senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 22 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 22 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[2] 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:[3]

  1. Joan Brennan
  2. Dave Bybee
  3. Vilma Colom
  4. Barbara Flynn Currie
  5. John P. Daley
  6. Vera Davis
  7. James DeLeo
  8. Marge Friedman
  9. Charles A. Hartke
  10. Tinker Harvey
  11. Carolyn Brown Hodge
  12. Constance A. Howard
  13. Mary Lou Kearns
  14. Michael J. Madigan
  15. William Marovitz
  16. Shirley McCombs
  17. Molly McKenzie
  18. Victory McNamara
  19. John Nelson
  20. Donald Pedro
  21. Dan Pierce
  22. Jerry Sinclair


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