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ERIC Number: ED482201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Closest Presidential Race Ever...Or Is It?
Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
All evening on election night 2000, candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore were deadlocked in the tightest-ever race for the office of President of the United States. As the numbers were reported from each state, the battle for votes in the electoral college swung back and forth from Republicans to Democrats. The next morning, the issue was still not decided. But was this unprecedented? In fact, a presidential election was deadlocked in the electoral college twice before. Deadlocks occurred in the 1800 election between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr and in the 1824-25 election between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay. This unit recounts the story of the elections of 2000 and of 1824-25 and provides three discussion/writing questions as well as a 10-step voting activity simulation. (BT)
Constitutional Rights Foundation, 601 South Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90005. Tel: 213-487-5590; Fax: 213-386-0459; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers; Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.