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George W. Bush for President 2000
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Campaign 2000 United States presidential election (Republican primaries)
Candidate George W. Bush
46th Governor of Texas

Dick Cheney
17th United States Secretary of Defense
Affiliation Republican Party
Status Announced: June 12, 1999
Official nominee: August 3, 2000
Won election: November 7, 2000
Court ruling: December 12, 2000
Headquarters Austin, Texas
Key people Donald Evans
(Campaign chairman)
Joe Allbaugh
(Campaign manager)
Karl Rove
(Chief strategist)
Karen Hughes
(Press secretary)
Joshua Bolton
(Policy director)
Ken Mehlman
(National field director)
Matthew Dowd
(Director of polling and media planning)
Dick Cheney
(VP Selection Committee Leader)
Receipts US$196,844,696.87 (2000-12-31)
Slogan Reformer with Results
Compassionate conservatism
A Fresh Start
Real Plans for Real People

The 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush, the 46th Governor of Texas, was formally launched on June 14, 1999 as Governor Bush, the eldest son of former President George H.W. Bush announced his plans to seek the Republican Party nomination for the presidency of the United States in the 2000 presidential election.

Bush began the campaign as the front runner among Republicans because many people knew his name, high funds, and control of the governorship of Texas and polls starting in 1997 showed Bush leading every opponent by double digits.

The main challenger to Bush was Senator John McCain, who appealed to moderate Republicans.

Bush won the majority of the primaries and after the March 2000 Super Tuesday contests he was well ahead in delegates of both McCain and Alan Keyes. On August 3, 2000 Bush won the Republican nomination at the Republican Convention with the support of 2,058 delegates. Dick Cheney, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense, was nominated as vice president despite Cheney recommending former Missouri Senator John Danforth.

Throughout the majority of the primary and general campaign seasons Bush was leading Gore in the polls. On November 7, 2000, it was projected that Bush had won in Florida and its 25 electoral votes.

Gore won the national popular vote but the Gore campaign lost the electoral college vote after a legal battle over disputed vote counts. Bush won the election on the electoral college vote of 271 to 266.

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