United States presidential election in New York, 2000
|Elections in New York|
The 2000 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 7, 2000 throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia, which was part of the 2000 presidential election. Voters chose 33 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.
New York was won by Democrat Al Gore in a landslide victory; Gore received 60.21% of the vote to Republican George W. Bush's 35.23%, a Democratic victory margin of 24.98%. This marked the first time since 1964 that a Democratic presidential candidate won more than 60% of the vote in New York State, and only the second time in history, solidifying New York's status as a solid blue state in the 21st century. New York weighed in as about 25% more Democratic than the national average in the 2000 election.
The key to Gore's victory was wide margins of victory in greater New York City and Long Island. He did win some counties in upstate NY, but won with small margins except for Albany County which voted almost exactly the same as the statewide results. Since third party candidates received over 4% of the vote, Bush did very poorly. Although, Bush did win a majority of the counties in upstate NY, including his largest victory in rural Hamilton County. Bush won just four congressional districts including New York's 22nd congressional district, New York's 23rd congressional district, New York's 27th congressional district, and New York's 31st congressional district.
|United States presidential election in New York, 2000|
|Party||Candidate||Popular votes||Percentage||Electoral votes|
|Working Families||Al Gore||88,395||1.30%|
|Republican||George W. Bush||2,258,577||33.10%|
|Conservative||George W. Bush||144,797||2.12%|
|Total||George W. Bush||2,403,374||35.23%||0|
|Right to Life||Pat Buchanan||25,175||0.37%|
|Independence (a)||John Hagelin||24,361||0.36%||0|
|Socialist Workers||James Harris||1,449||0.02%||0|
|Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered)||48%/61%|
Al Gore won an overwhelming landslide in fiercely Democratic New York City, taking 1,703,364 votes to George W. Bush's 398,726, a 77.90% - 18.23% victory. Gore carried all 5 boroughs of New York City.
Excluding New York City's votes, Gore still would have carried New York State, but by a smaller margin, receiving 2,404,543 votes to Bush's 2,004,648, giving Gore a 54.53% - 45.47% win.
Technically the voters of NY cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. NY is allocated 33 electors because it has 31 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 33 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 33 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 Gore and Lieberman:
- Susan I. Abramowitz
- Leslie Alpert
- Martin S. Begun
- David L. Cohen
- Carolee A. Conklin
- Martin Connor
- Lorraine Cortez Vasquez
- Inez E. Dickens
- Cynthia Emmer
- Herman D. Farrell Jr.
- Emily Giske
- Patrick G. Halpin
- Raymond B. Harding
- Judith Hope
- Denis M. Hughes
- Virginia Kee
- Bertha Lewis
- Alberta Madonna
- Thomas J. Manton
- Deborah Marciano
- Helen Marshall
- Carl McCall
- Elizabeth F. Momrow
- Clarence Norman Jr.
- Daniel F. Donohue
- Shirley O'Connell
- G. Steven Pigeon
- Roberto Ramirez
- Michael Schell
- Sheldon Silver
- Andrew Spano
- Eliot Spitzer
- Randi Weingarten