2000: First president race settled by the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a Florida recount to end the close and controversial race for president between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The counting had been marred by so-called hanging chads, punch-outs that did not detach, and other problems. In the end, George W. Bush was declared the winner, though many of the former vice president’s supporters thought the decision unfair.

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