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Gore Beat Bush By Half A Million Votes!

December 22, 2000

Figures just released in the United States show that Vice-President Al Gore polled 539,947 more votes nationwide than George W. Bush.

The Democratic Party candidate polled 50,996,116 votes compared to Bush's 50,456,169.

Bush was officially chosen by the Electoral College on December 18, after securing the 25 electoral votes in Florida as a result of the decision of the United States Supreme Court last week.

The nationwide "popular" vote does not determine who becomes president, although no president has been elected without winning the popular vote since 1888.

Election is secured by the popular vote in each of the 50 States, plus Washington DC. Each State is allocated a number of electors equal to the total of its House of Representatives and Senate representation. Whoever wins a plurality (the most number of votes, although not necessarily 50%) in each State receives all of that State's electors. There are 538 electoral votes, of which Bush received 271, one more than required to win.

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