United States presidential election in Maryland, 2000

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United States presidential election in Maryland, 2000
Maryland
← 1996 November 7, 2000 2004 →
  Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg GeorgeWBush.jpg
Nominee Al Gore George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Tennessee Texas
Running mate Joe Lieberman Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 10 0
Popular vote 1,145,782 813,797
Percentage 56.6% 40.2%

MD2000.jpg
County Results
  Gore—80-90%
  Gore—70-80%
  Gore—60-70%
  Gore—50-60%
  Gore—<50%
  Bush—50-60%
  Bush—60-70%
  Bush—70-80%

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in Maryland took place on November 7, 2000. Maryland participated in the 2000 presidential election along with the 49 other U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Voters chose 10 representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for the President and Vice President.

Maryland was easily won by Vice President Al Gore by a safe margin of victory. Gore's victory in the state is contributed to his strong performance the highest populated counties of the states, which is the home of many urban and African American communities. Maryland was also the only state in the election, along with Washington, D.C., to swing more Democratic than it had been in 1996, even though Gore improved percentage wise in several other states from the last election.[1]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Maryland, 2000
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Al Gore Joe Lieberman 1,145,782 56.6% 10
Republican George W. Bush Dick Cheney 813,797 40.2% 0
Green Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 53,768 2.7% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Wayne Allyn Root 5,310 0.3% 0
Reform Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster 4,248 0.2% 0
Write Ins 1,480 0.1% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips Michael Peroutka 919 0.1% 0
Write In John Hagelin 176 0.0% 0
Totals 100.00% 10
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered) 51%/74%

Electors[edit]

Technically the voters of Maryland cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Maryland is allocated 10 electors because it has 8 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 10 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 10 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. Clarence W. Blount
  2. Gene W. Counihan
  3. Howard Friedman
  4. Mary Ann E. Love
  5. Thomas V. Mike Miller
  6. Mary Butler Murphy
  7. Mary Jo Neville
  8. Gregory Pecoraro
  9. Ina Taylor
  10. Beatrice P. Tignor

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
  2. ^ 2000 Post-Election Timeline of Events. Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
  3. ^ 2000. President Elect. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.