10 of the closest presidential elections in United States history

Published: Monday, Nov. 5 2012 4:21 p.m. MST

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Associated Press
Year: 2000

Electoral college tally: 271 to 266

Total/majority: 538/270

In 2000, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote in the election, with 50,992,335 votes to 50,455,156 votes for George W. Bush. Although Bush narrowly won the electoral college, 271 to 266, there was controversy over the awarding of Florida's 25 electoral votes. The close race triggered an automatic recount of ballots in Florida. After the Florida high court allowed hand recounts to proceed, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Bush's appeal. The Supreme Court ruled that the Florida Supreme Court's method for recounting ballots was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, which allowed the awarding of Florida's electoral college votes to Bush to stand.

>> President Bush, right, poses for a photo with former Vice President Al Gore, and other 2007 Nobel Prize recipients, not shown, Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, in the Oval Office of the White House.
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Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

How on earth did the 1960 election (Nixon/Kennedy) not make the list? I think the popular vote was separated by only around 100,000 votes.

Coon Rapids, MN

AS with most, the author incorrectly states that Bush did not win the popular election, and as most forgets about Broward County where the ballots were poorly printed and the majority of Bush's votes were actually counted for Buchanan. In reality Bush won the popular vote by a comfortable margin.

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