Soon after securing his nomination, Bush started vigorous campaigning tours for ensuring his success in the 2000 US Presidential Election. Gore also stressed on the economic progress of the country and consciously downplayed the Clinton scandal. The Republicans however, used it as a pointer to prove the overall moral degradation of the American society, a trend that they pledged to stop. Bush not only emphasized on improving the social scenario of the country, but also promised an establishment of peace and integrity within the country.
The election of 2000 did not lack in drama, and the result was one of the most controversial ones in the history of US Presidential elections. After the two competitors ran neck to neck, almost equally sharing the spoils, problems resulted after the counting began in Florida. After a series of unexpected turns to the event, Bush was finally declared winner with a slender margin of around 500 votes. Gore immediately asked for recounting. The incident gave rise to a number of lawsuits, and it was only after prolonged legal debates that Bush was finally declared to have carried Florida.
At the end, Gore ended up with marginally more votes than Bush in the popular votes, securing 48.4% of the votes to Bush's 47.9%. However, when the electoral votes were cast, Bush won the day with five more votes than Gore. Bush received 271 electoral votes, whereas Gore received 266 electoral votes. Gore's defeat is often accounted to his loss in his home state Tennessee.