In the United States during the election, the contender who acquires the popular vote in a specific state wins all the guaranteed votes of the electors of that state. Bush lost the popular vote in 2000; however, he managed to become the President of the United States. The victory of George Bush became certain in the year 2000 when the issue was intervened by the Supreme Court. George Bush became the President of the United States even having lost the popular vote. George W Bush won the Electoral College vote that was challenged by the Democrats immediately in Florida with what they termed as “a problem with the voting machines”. The voting machines were problematic and Gore, Bush’s opponent, demanded a vote recount in most counties in Florida. Florida’s Republican Secretary of State stopped the process of recounting and stated Bush the winner of the election (Henretta, & Brody 113).
On appeal of the case, the Supreme Court ordered a continuation of a recount of votes, and as a result, the Bush campaign went to the Supreme Court. On December 12th, the decision was made with a margin of 5 to 4.The court declared the Bush v Gore to be a one-time case and to be never regarded as an instance in any of the future cases. In the 2000 elections, there were a total of 538 electoral votes on hand with 270 required to win. Republican George W. Bush had won 50,456,002 popular votes, and hence a number of 271 electoral votes. Bush's Democratic opponent, Gore, won the popular vote with 50,999,897 votes; however, he won only 266 electoral votes. George Bush was elected the President of the USA for the second term (Henretta, & Brody 123).
Even though, in the first election, George Bush was defeated by Gore in the popular vote, he had other contributing factors, such as that the republicans usually vote in large figures than the democrats. In addition, Bush was recognized for his father. Bush was also strengthened by the fact that the republican voters opted to vote for Bush due to the previous President Clinton issues (Banks 175).