Baseball Crank
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February 23, 2004
POLITICS: 2000 Trivia

Answer: New Mexico, Oregon, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Question: In what four states in 2000 was Al Gore's margin of victory over Bush smaller than the number of votes cast for Pat Buchanan?

In only two states - albeit enough to swing the election - did Nader outpoll Bush's margin of victory: Florida and New Hampshire. If a third of New Hampshire's 22,188 Nader voters had pulled the lever for Gore, he'd be president now.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:32 PM | Politics 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Come on, now. Your Q/A is a bit misleading. It's not as if you can just add Buchanan's votes in those states to Bush's total without adding Nader's to Gore's. If you do the latter, Gore easily outpaces Bush in those four states.

Posted by: Tom at February 24, 2004 6:31 AM

Actually, many Buchanan voters are probably more estranged from Bush now over immigration and trade, although I suspect he'll collect some of them over the war.

Posted by: The Crank at February 24, 2004 6:50 AM

Nader will have much less impact this time. Gore and Bush seemed pretty similar in 2000. Having seen that Bush is not, in fact, the uniter he claimed to be, but rather a proponent of an extreme conservative agenda, liberals won't vote for a third-party candidate this time out.

Posted by: Zach at February 24, 2004 11:44 AM
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