United States presidential election in North Carolina, 2000

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United States presidential election in North Carolina, 2000

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  GeorgeWBush.jpg 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 14 0
Popular vote 1,631,163 1,257,692
Percentage 56.0% 43.2%

North Carolina Presidential Election Results by County, 2000.svg
County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

George W. Bush

The 2000 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 14 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by Governor George W. Bush with a double-digit margin of victory. Bush won most of the counties and congressional districts of the state. He won 9 of the 12 districts. He also won the most populated counties of the state including Forsyth County with 56%, Wake County with 53%, Guilford County with 51%, and Mecklenburg County with 51% of the vote.[1] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Guilford County and Mecklenburg County voted for the Republican candidate and the last election in which Columbus County, Chowan County, and Tyrrell County voted for the Democratic candidate.


United States presidential election in NC, 2000
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George W. Bush 1,631,163 56.03% 14
Democratic Al Gore 1,257,692 43.20% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 12,307 0.42% 0
Reform Patrick Buchanan 8,874 0.30% 0
Write-In David McReynolds 1,226 0.04% 0
Totals - 100.00% 14
Voter turnout (Voting age/registered) 48%/57%


Technically the voters of North Carolina cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. North Carolina is allocated 14 electors because it has 12 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 14 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 14 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 George W. Bush and Dick Cheney:[3]

  1. Fran Barnhart
  2. Claude Billings
  3. Sam Currin
  4. Tom Dwiggins
  5. A. Dial Gray
  6. Barbara Holt
  7. Marshall Hurley
  8. Margaret King
  9. Jeff Mixon
  10. Joe L. Morgan
  11. Steve Rader
  12. Robert Rector
  13. Dewitt Rhoades
  14. Linda Young