Election 2000: Bush's Contested Lead

Now it goes to the courts as GORE challenges Sunday night's Florida certification

Twas election night all over again. The halls were decked, the pundits were quacking, Democrats said Florida was still too close to call. By the Sunday 5 p.m. deadline, the counting still wasn't done, but in a dramatic signing ceremony at 7:30, secretary of state Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush the winner by 537 votes. But even as Bush asked Dick Cheney to head a transition team and named Andrew Card his chief of staff, the Democratic faithful were primed to fight on--especially after Harris decided to leave out the results of the hand count Palm Beach canvassers stayed up...

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