United States presidential election in Arkansas, 2000

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United States presidential election in Arkansas, 2000
1996 ←
November 7, 2000 → 2004

  George-W-Bush.jpeg Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg
Nominee George W. Bush Al Gore
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Tennessee
Running mate Dick Cheney Joe Lieberman
Electoral vote 6 0
Popular vote 472,940 422,768
Percentage 51.3% 45.9%


County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

George W. Bush

The 2000 United States presidential election in Arkansas 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 6 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Arkansas was won by Governor George W. Bush by a 5.4% margin of victory. He won a majority of the popular vote and the state's six electoral votes. Bush was the first Republican to carry the state since 1988. Had Gore won Arkansas he would have won the presidency without Florida.


United States presidential election in Arkansas, 2000
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George W. Bush 472,940 51.3% 6
Democratic Al Gore 422,768 45.9% 0
Green Party Ralph Nader 13,421 1.5% 0
Reform Patrick Buchanan 5,192 0.8% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 2,781 0.3% 0
Independent Howard Phillips 1,145 0.2% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin 1,098 0.1% 0
Totals 919,345 100.00% 6
Voter turnout 46%


Technically the voters of Arkansas cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Arkansas is allocated 6 electors because it has 4 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 6 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 6 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[1] 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:[2]

  1. Pat Dodge
  2. Bud Cummins
  3. Mildred Homan
  4. Betsy Thompson
  5. Kim Hendren
  6. Sarah Agee


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