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George W. Bush & the Supreme Court Case Bush v. Gore (2000)


The controversy of the election of 2000, unlike the elections of 1800 and 1824, was not at the national level but in a single state. After the United States Supreme Court halted a statewide manual recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court, Florida’s electoral votes—and the Presidency—went to George W. Bush. In this lesson, students will explore the statutes, arguments, and court decisions that led to the Supreme Court’s ruling. Finally, they will evaluate the Court’s decision.


Students will:

  • Understand the major events during the 2000 presidential election in Florida.
  • Analyze arguments from different sides of the case.
  • Analyze applications of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Evaluate the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bush v. Gore (2000).