2000 United States presidential election in Iowa

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Nominee Al Gore George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Tennessee Texas
Running mate Joe Lieberman Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 7 0
Popular vote 638,517 634,373
Percentage 48.54% 48.22%

County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in Iowa took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose seven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Iowa was won by Democratic Vice President Al Gore by a margin of 0.32% and 4,144 votes over Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush, with Green Party candidate Ralph Nader taking 2.23% of the vote.

Gore's win in Iowa marked the fourth consecutive victory for Democrats in Iowa, and the first time since 1988 that the state did not vote for the national winner, a feat which would not occur again until 2020. Along with the 1988 election, this remains the second (and last) of only two times in history that a Republican was elected president without carrying Iowa as neither George W. Bush nor George H. W. Bush carried the state on their first run for the presidency. This is the only state that Gore won in 2000 that Joe Biden lost in his successful bid for the presidency in 2020.

As of 2020, this is the last time that Iowa has voted more Democratic than neighboring Wisconsin, as well as the last time the state voted differently than Florida and Ohio.

Natural Law Party nominee John Hagelin had his strongest county-level showing in his home county of Jefferson County, Iowa, where he garnered 14.7% of the vote. However, he came in sixth statewide, and his vote total was less than the narrow margin separating Gore and Bush.

Caucuses

Results

2000 United States presidential election in Iowa[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Al Gore 638,517 48.54% 7
Republican George W. Bush 634,373 48.22% 0
Green Ralph Nader 29,374 2.23% 0
Reform Pat Buchanan 5,731 0.44% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 3,209 0.24% 0
Nominated by Petition John Hagelin 2,281 0.17% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips 613 0.05% 0
Socialist Workers James Harris 190 0.01% 0
Socialist Party USA David McReynolds 107 <0.01% 0
Scattering 1,168 0.09%
Totals 1,315,563 100.00% 7
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 60%/71%

By county

County Al Gore
Democratic
George W. Bush
Republican
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # %
Adair 1,753 42.52% 2,275 55.18% 95 2.30% -522 -12.66% 4,123
Adams 897 41.82% 1,170 54.55% 78 3.64% -273 -12.73% 2,145
Allamakee 2,883 44.61% 3,277 50.71% 302 4.67% -394 -6.10% 6,462
Appanoose 2,560 44.88% 2,992 52.45% 152 2.66% -432 -7.57% 5,704
Audubon 1,780 47.04% 1,909 50.45% 95 2.51% -129 -3.41% 3,784
Benton 5,915 50.27% 5,468 46.47% 383 3.26% 447 3.80% 11,766
Black Hawk 30,112 54.66% 23,468 42.60% 1,505 2.73% 6,644 12.06% 55,085
Boone 6,270 51.19% 5,625 45.92% 354 2.89% 645 5.27% 12,249
Bremer 5,169 46.26% 5,675 50.78% 331 2.96% -506 -4.52% 11,175
Buchanan 5,045 53.61% 4,092 43.49% 273 2.90% 953 10.12% 9,410
Buena Vista 3,297 41.33% 4,354 54.58% 326 4.09% -1,057 -13.25% 7,977
Butler 2,735 40.68% 3,837 57.06% 152 2.26% -1,102 -16.38% 6,724
Calhoun 2,132 42.29% 2,776 55.07% 133 2.64% -644 -12.78% 5,041
Carroll 4,463 46.65% 4,879 50.99% 226 2.36% -416 -4.34% 9,568
Cass 2,481 36.06% 4,206 61.13% 193 2.81% -1,725 -25.07% 6,880
Cedar 4,033 48.33% 4,031 48.31% 280 3.36% 2 0.02% 8,344
Cerro Gordo 12,185 54.98% 9,397 42.40% 580 2.62% 2,788 12.58% 22,162
Cherokee 2,845 43.16% 3,463 52.53% 284 4.31% -618 -9.37% 6,592
Chickasaw 3,435 52.17% 2,936 44.59% 213 3.24% 499 7.58% 6,584
Clarke 2,081 49.83% 1,984 47.51% 111 2.66% 97 2.32% 4,176
Clay 3,294 43.47% 3,992 52.68% 292 3.85% -698 -9.21% 7,578
Clayton 4,238 49.45% 4,034 47.07% 299 3.49% 204 2.38% 8,571
Clinton 12,276 55.35% 9,229 41.61% 675 3.04% 3,047 13.74% 22,180
Crawford 2,838 43.30% 3,482 53.12% 235 3.59% -644 -9.82% 6,555
Dallas 8,561 44.29% 10,306 53.32% 463 2.40% -1,745 -9.03% 19,330
Davis 1,691 45.00% 1,956 52.05% 111 2.95% -265 -7.05% 3,758
Decatur 1,674 45.13% 1,903 51.31% 132 3.56% -229 -6.18% 3,709
Delaware 3,808 45.61% 4,273 51.18% 268 3.21% -465 -5.57% 8,349
Des Moines 11,351 58.62% 7,385 38.14% 629 3.25% 3,966 20.48% 19,365
Dickinson 3,660 45.07% 4,225 52.03% 236 2.91% -565 -6.96% 8,121
Dubuque 22,341 55.41% 16,462 40.83% 1,520 3.77% 5,879 14.58% 40,323
Emmet 2,165 46.76% 2,331 50.35% 134 2.89% -166 -3.59% 4,630
Fayette 4,640 48.23% 4,747 49.34% 234 2.43% -107 -1.11% 9,621
Floyd 3,830 52.92% 3,191 44.09% 217 3.00% 639 8.83% 7,238
Franklin 2,122 42.97% 2,657 53.81% 159 3.22% -535 -10.84% 4,938
Fremont 1,459 40.35% 2,069 57.22% 88 2.43% -610 -16.87% 3,616
Greene 2,301 48.76% 2,282 48.36% 136 2.88% 19 0.40% 4,719
Grundy 2,139 35.00% 3,851 63.02% 121 1.98% -1,712 -28.02% 6,111
Guthrie 2,493 45.58% 2,840 51.93% 136 2.49% -347 -6.35% 4,123
Hamilton 3,407 44.98% 3,968 52.39% 199 2.63% -561 -7.41% 7,574
Hancock 2,281 41.95% 2,988 54.95% 169 3.11% -707 -13.00% 5,438
Hardin 3,734 44.27% 4,486 53.18% 215 2.55% -752 -8.91% 8,435
Harrison 2,551 38.99% 3,802 58.11% 190 2.90% -1,251 -19.12% 6,543
Henry 3,907 45.06% 4,476 51.62% 288 3.32% -569 -6.56% 8,671
Howard 2,426 54.02% 1,922 42.80% 143 3.18% 504 11.22% 4,491
Humboldt 1,949 39.45% 2,846 57.61% 145 2.94% -897 -18.16% 4,940
Ida 1,411 40.42% 1,968 56.37% 112 3.21% -557 -15.95% 3,491
Iowa 3,230 43.57% 3,894 52.53% 289 3.90% -664 -8.96% 7,413
Jackson 4,945 54.75% 3,769 41.73% 318 3.52% 1,176 13.02% 9,032
Jasper 8,699 48.77% 8,729 48.94% 407 2.28% -30 -0.17% 17,835
Jefferson 2,863 37.93% 3,248 43.03% 1,437 19.04% -385 -5.10% 7,548
Johnson 31,174 59.08% 17,899 33.92% 3,696 7.00% 13,275 25.16% 52,769
Jones 4,690 51.30% 4,201 45.95% 252 2.76% 489 5.35% 9,143
Keokuk 2,181 44.09% 2,571 51.97% 195 3.94% -390 -7.88% 4,947
Kossuth 3,960 44.60% 4,612 51.95% 306 3.45% -652 -7.35% 8,878
Lee 9,632 58.12% 6,339 38.25% 601 3.63% 3,293 19.87% 16,572
Linn 48,897 53.11% 40,417 43.90% 2,750 2.99% 8,480 9.21% 92,064
Louisa 2,294 49.47% 2,207 47.60% 136 2.93% 87 1.87% 4,637
Lucas 1,934 44.95% 2,262 52.57% 107 2.49% -328 -7.62% 4,303
Lyon 1,313 24.58% 3,918 73.34% 111 2.08% -2,605 -48.76% 5,342
Madison 3,093 44.38% 3,662 52.55% 214 3.07% -569 -8.17% 6,969
Mahaska 3,370 35.31% 5,971 62.57% 202 2.12% -2,601 -27.26% 9,543
Marion 5,741 39.85% 8,358 58.01% 309 2.14% -2,617 -18.16% 14,408
Marshall 8,322 47.22% 8,785 49.85% 517 2.93% -463 -2.63% 17,624
Mills 2,039 34.47% 3,684 62.28% 192 3.25% -1,645 -27.81% 5,915
Mitchell 2,650 51.34% 2,388 46.26% 124 2.40% 262 5.08% 5,162
Monona 2,086 45.75% 2,304 50.53% 170 3.73% -218 -4.78% 4,560
Monroe 1,699 46.59% 1,858 50.95% 90 2.47% -159 -4.36% 3,647
Montgomery 1,838 34.07% 3,417 63.35% 139 2.58% -1,579 -29.28% 5,394
Muscatine 8,058 50.12% 7,483 46.55% 535 3.33% 575 3.57% 16,076
O'Brien 2,170 30.81% 4,674 66.35% 200 2.84% -2,504 -35.54% 7,044
Osceola 913 29.81% 2,064 67.38% 86 2.81% -1,151 -37.57% 3,063
Page 2,293 32.48% 4,588 65.00% 178 2.52% -2,295 -32.52% 7,059
Palo Alto 2,326 48.23% 2,341 48.54% 156 3.23% -15 -0.31% 4,823
Plymouth 3,499 34.58% 6,189 61.17% 430 4.25% -2,690 -26.59% 10,118
Pocahontas 1,736 41.92% 2,242 54.14% 163 3.94% -506 -12.22% 4,141
Polk 89,715 51.51% 79,927 45.89% 4,525 2.60% 9,788 5.62% 174,167
Pottawattamie 14,726 42.72% 18,783 54.50% 958 2.78% -4,057 -11.78% 34,467
Poweshiek 4,222 47.02% 4,396 48.95% 362 4.03% -174 -1.93% 8,980
Ringgold 1,246 46.29% 1,369 50.85% 77 2.86% -123 -4.56% 2,692
Sac 2,099 41.70% 2,776 55.16% 158 3.14% -677 -13.46% 5,033
Scott 35,857 50.81% 32,801 46.48% 1,910 2.71% 3,056 4.33% 70,568
Shelby 2,179 36.26% 3,655 60.83% 175 2.91% -1,476 -24.57% 6,009
Sioux 2,148 14.62% 12,241 83.32% 303 2.06% -10,093 -68.70% 14,692
Story 17,478 49.42% 16,228 45.89% 1,658 4.69% 1,250 3.53% 35,364
Tama 4,045 48.65% 4,034 48.51% 236 2.84% 11 0.14% 8,315
Taylor 1,247 40.28% 1,770 57.17% 79 2.55% -523 -16.89% 3,096
Union 2,540 44.25% 3,003 52.32% 197 3.43% -463 -8.07% 5,740
Van Buren 1,440 40.44% 2,016 56.61% 105 2.95% -576 -16.17% 3,561
Wapello 8,355 55.19% 6,313 41.70% 471 3.11% 2,042 13.49% 15,139
Warren 9,521 48.45% 9,621 48.95% 511 2.60% -100 -0.50% 19,653
Washington 3,932 43.24% 4,827 53.08% 335 3.68% -895 -9.84% 9,094
Wayne 1,300 43.03% 1,666 55.15% 55 1.82% -366 -12.12% 3,021
Webster 8,479 49.74% 8,172 47.94% 397 2.33% 307 1.80% 17,048
Winnebago 2,691 48.69% 2,662 48.16% 174 3.15% 29 0.53% 5,527
Winneshiek 4,339 46.08% 4,647 49.35% 431 4.58% -308 -3.27% 9,417
Woodbury 17,691 46.68% 18,864 49.78% 1,341 3.54% -1,173 -3.10% 37,896
Worth 2,208 55.14% 1,659 41.43% 137 3.42% 549 13.71% 4,004
Wright 2,796 44.13% 3,384 53.41% 156 2.46% -588 -9.28% 6,336
Totals 638,517 48.54% 634,373 48.22% 42,673 3.24% 4,144 0.31% 1,315,563

Counties that flipped from Democratic to Republican

By congressional district

Bush won 3 of 5 congressional districts, including one held by a Democrat. Gore won two districts, both held by Republicans.[2]

District Bush Gore Representative
1st 43% 53% Jim Leach
2nd 46% 51% Jim Nussle
3rd 49% 48% Leonard Boswell
4th 50% 48% Greg Ganske
5th 55% 42% Tom Latham

Electors

Main article: List of 2000 United States presidential electors

Technically the voters of Iowa cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Iowa is allocated 7 electors because it has 5 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 7 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 7 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for President and Vice President. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 18, 2000[3] to cast their votes for President and Vice President. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All were pledged to and voted for Al Gore and Joe Lieberman:[4]

  1. Jeff Heland
  2. Angelyn King
  3. Paulee Lipsman
  4. Emil Pavich
  5. John O'Brien
  6. Ernest Ricehill
  7. Evan Giesen
  8. David Tingwald

See also

References

  1. ^ "General President/Vice-President" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. July 16, 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  2. ^ 2000 Presidential General Election Data - Iowa
  3. ^ "2000 Post-Election Timeline of Events".
  4. ^ "President Elect - 2000". Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2009.