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A. His popular vote lead over Bush in the 2000 presidential election was 540,000.
That's five times the lead Kennedy had over Nixon in 1960.

B. The analysis commissioned by the Miami Herald indicates that Gore would have won Florida by 23,000 votes if all the state's contested ballots had been completely counted.

C. With Florida's 25 electoral votes Gore goes over the top to win the electoral vote, 292-246, rather than the "official" December 18 count of 271-267 for President-appointee Bush.
So how did they manage to hijack the election? In more or less chronological order:

1. Florida Secretary of State Katharine Harris (co-chair of the Florida for Bush campaign committee) scrubbed the voter registry of thousands of purported "felons" based on a flawed list from ChoicePoint, a private company with deep Republican ties. Many of those listed had committed misdemeanors, not felonies. Many had committed felonies in other states, served their time, and had their voting rights restored. Those thousands illegally denied the right to vote were disproportionately African-American; Florida African-Americans voted 93 percent for Gore.

2. In violation of the law Republican officials in Seminole and Martin counties were allowed to add missing ID numbers to absentee ballots that would otherwise have been disqualified. A similar "privilege" was not offered for Democratic ballots.

Absentee vote cases provide evidence of Republican vote-rigging

3. On Election Day thousands of people in minority precincts were turned away from the polls, polling locations were moved without previous notice, and polling places "ran out" of ballots. There was a road block set up by Florida Highway Patrol officers near a black voting precinct in Tallahassee.

Florida A&M students describe Republican attack on voting rights.

In Palm Beach County Jewish senior citizens complained about the new "butterfly ballot" in which candidates were, contrary to state law, arranged in two columns. They feared they may have mistakenly voted for anti-semitic Pat Buchanan.

4. There were some most unusual events on Election Night. First, the exit polls conducted by the Voter News Service indicated that Gore had carried Florida by 100,000 votes. So an early award was given to Gore fifty minutes after the polls had closed in the majority of the state, but ten minutes before their closing in the western part of the panhandle which is on Central Time. We were then treated to CNN interviewing George W. en famille with George Sr. and Barbara with George declaring that there had been a mistake, that he "knew" he had carried Florida. (This was without precedent. Heretofore, the public had not heard from either candidate until one conceded and then the other announced victory.) Shortly thereafter, the networks put Florida into the "undecided" category. Soon it was clear from the other returns that Florida and its 25 electoral votes would decide the election. Then at 2:16 AM Fox News Channel declared Bush the winner and the other networks quickly followed suit. The call was made by John Ellis without any input from the Voter News Service, the consortium which is supposed to make the projections for the TV news outlets. Ellis is George and Jeb Bush's first cousin and, as he later told The New Yorker, was in telephone communication with George W. and Florida Governor Jeb Bush all evening.

The US election: The conspiracy begins to unravel

How Bush's Man at Fox News worked to shape the outcome

Gore, who had telephoned a concession to Bush, was literally on his way to make a televised concession speech when he was advised that Bush's supposed lead in Florida was dwindling rapidly.

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