United States presidential election in Montana, 2000

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United States presidential election in Montana, 2000
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  GeorgeWBush.jpg Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg Ralph Nader headshot.jpg
Nominee George W. Bush Al Gore Ralph Nader
Party Republican Democratic Green
Home state Texas Tennessee Connecticut
Running mate Dick Cheney Joe Lieberman Winona LaDuke
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 240,178 137,126 24,437
Percentage 58.4% 33.4% 6.0%

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County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

George W. Bush

The 2000 United States presidential election in Montana 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 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Montana was won by Governor George W. Bush. Bush won most of the counties in the state, and only obtained less than 40% in three counties. Bush won the highest populated county, Yellowstone County with exactly 59% of the vote. Gore won a total of five counties, and did the best in Deer Lodge County. Green party nominee performed very well here, getting 6% of the vote statewide. He did very well in the western part of the state, getting over 5% of the vote in most of the counties in the region. His best performance by far was in Missoula County, where he got over 15% of the vote, which was the only county Nader cracked double digits.


United States presidential election in Montana, 2000
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George W. Bush 240,178 58.4% 3
Democratic Al Gore 137,126 33.4% 0
Green Ralph Nader 24,437 5.95% 0
Reform Patrick Buchanan 5,697 1.4% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 1,718 0.4% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips 1,155 0.3% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin 675 0.2% 0
Totals - 100.00% 3
Voter turnout (Voting age/registered) 61%/59%


Technically the voters of Montana cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Montana is allocated 3 electors because it has 1 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 3 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 3 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. Thelma Baker
  2. Jack Galt
  3. Tillie Pierce


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