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A Look Back At The Contested 2000 US Election

One of the closest presidential races in US history left us without a president-elect for over a month and introduced the word "chad" into the popular lexicon. Presented by Getty Images.

Posted on November 4, 2016, at 11:10 a.m. ET

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. George W. Bush (center), his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (right), and their father, former president George Bush, watch election night results at the governor's mansion in Austin, Nov. 7, 2000.
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Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. George W. Bush (center), his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (right), and their father, former president George Bush, watch election night results at the governor's mansion in Austin, Nov. 7, 2000.

Supporters of George W. Bush react to results of the presidential election outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Nov. 8, 2000. Bush was prematurely announced the winner in the election early in the morning.
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Supporters of George W. Bush react to results of the presidential election outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Nov. 8, 2000. Bush was prematurely announced the winner in the election early in the morning.

A video screen broadcasts the results of the presidential elections on Nov. 8, 2000, in the early morning hours in Times Square in New York City. George W. Bush was prematurely declared 43rd president of the United States in one of the closest elections in history.
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A video screen broadcasts the results of the presidential elections on Nov. 8, 2000, in the early morning hours in Times Square in New York City. George W. Bush was prematurely declared 43rd president of the United States in one of the closest elections in history.

Democratic presidential candidate and Vice President Al Gore (right) makes a statement to reporters with Sen. Joseph Lieberman by his side in Nashville, Nov. 8, 2000.
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Democratic presidential candidate and Vice President Al Gore (right) makes a statement to reporters with Sen. Joseph Lieberman by his side in Nashville, Nov. 8, 2000.

Front covers of the London Evening Standard showing the two different headlines for the outcome of the US presidential election, Nov. 8, 2000.
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Front covers of the London Evening Standard showing the two different headlines for the outcome of the US presidential election, Nov. 8, 2000.

George W. Bush, vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, campaign chairman Don Evans, and George Bush Sr. sit in the hallway and discuss the election at the governor's mansion in Austin, Nov. 8, 2000. Al Gore had conceded the election less than an hour earlier, but a few minutes after this photo was taken Gore called Bush and rescinded his concession, which ultimately threw the election to the US Supreme Court.
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George W. Bush, vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, campaign chairman Don Evans, and George Bush Sr. sit in the hallway and discuss the election at the governor's mansion in Austin, Nov. 8, 2000. Al Gore had conceded the election less than an hour earlier, but a few minutes after this photo was taken Gore called Bush and rescinded his concession, which ultimately threw the election to the US Supreme Court.

A woman walks by a newspaper box in downtown Washington, DC, in November 2000.
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A woman walks by a newspaper box in downtown Washington, DC, in November 2000.

Demonstrators in front of George W. Bush's residence, November 2000.
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Demonstrators in front of George W. Bush's residence, November 2000.

Theresa LePore, supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, Florida, arranges one of the many controversial presidential election ballot boxes.
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Theresa LePore, supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, Florida, arranges one of the many controversial presidential election ballot boxes.

Judge Robert Rosenberg of the Broward County Canvassing Board uses a magnifying glass to examine a dimpled chad on a punch card ballot during a vote recount in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 2000.
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Judge Robert Rosenberg of the Broward County Canvassing Board uses a magnifying glass to examine a dimpled chad on a punch card ballot during a vote recount in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 2000.

Ballots sit in marked piles in front of counters at the County Emergency Operations Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, November 2000.
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Ballots sit in marked piles in front of counters at the County Emergency Operations Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, November 2000.

Election workers examine ballots at the Emergency Operations Center in West Palm Beach, November 2000.
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Election workers examine ballots at the Emergency Operations Center in West Palm Beach, November 2000.

A Republican observer standing outside the Broward County Emergency Operations Center holds a plastic bag of fallen chads from ballots in Fort Lauderdale, November 2000.
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A Republican observer standing outside the Broward County Emergency Operations Center holds a plastic bag of fallen chads from ballots in Fort Lauderdale, November 2000.

Broward County Canvassing Board Member Judge Robert Rosenberg shows a ballot to an observer at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, November 2000.
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Broward County Canvassing Board Member Judge Robert Rosenberg shows a ballot to an observer at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, November 2000.

A pro-Bush demonstrator in Austin, November 2000.
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A pro-Bush demonstrator in Austin, November 2000.

Protesters gather outside the Emergency Operations Center in West Palm Beach, November 2000.
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Protesters gather outside the Emergency Operations Center in West Palm Beach, November 2000.

Hundreds of demonstrators outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, as arguments take place before the court regarding the ongoing election dispute between George W. Bush and Al Gore, Dec. 1, 2000.
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Hundreds of demonstrators outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, as arguments take place before the court regarding the ongoing election dispute between George W. Bush and Al Gore, Dec. 1, 2000.

Florida Supreme Court Justices R. Fred Lewis and Harry Lee Anstead listen as Gore's attorney David Boies speaks during a hearing at the Florida State Supreme Court in Tallahassee, November 2000.
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Florida Supreme Court Justices R. Fred Lewis and Harry Lee Anstead listen as Gore's attorney David Boies speaks during a hearing at the Florida State Supreme Court in Tallahassee, November 2000.

Police officers and demonstrators in front of the US Supreme Court, Dec. 11, 2000.
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Police officers and demonstrators in front of the US Supreme Court, Dec. 11, 2000.

Angry demonstrators on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee to protest the US Supreme Court decision not to allow a recount of the Florida undervotes, December 2000.
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Angry demonstrators on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee to protest the US Supreme Court decision not to allow a recount of the Florida undervotes, December 2000.

Four-year-old Miles Slentz in front of the US Supreme Court, December 2000.
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Four-year-old Miles Slentz in front of the US Supreme Court, December 2000.

Protesters outside the governor's mansion in Austin, November 2000.
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Protesters outside the governor's mansion in Austin, November 2000.

A protester dressed as Al Gore outside Gore's residence in Washington, DC, December 2000.
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A protester dressed as Al Gore outside Gore's residence in Washington, DC, December 2000.

Protesters rally outside Al Gore's residence in Washington, DC, December 2000.
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Protesters rally outside Al Gore's residence in Washington, DC, December 2000.

Demonstrators walk past Texas Department of Public Safety officers in front of the governor's mansion in Austin, November 2000.
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Demonstrators walk past Texas Department of Public Safety officers in front of the governor's mansion in Austin, November 2000.

George W. Bush wins the US presidential election on Dec. 13, 2000.
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George W. Bush wins the US presidential election on Dec. 13, 2000.

People in Times Square watch Al Gore concede the race for president to George W. Bush on a giant video screen in New York City, Dec. 13, 2000.
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People in Times Square watch Al Gore concede the race for president to George W. Bush on a giant video screen in New York City, Dec. 13, 2000.

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