2000 United States presidential election in Montana

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Nominee George W. Bush Al Gore Ralph Nader
Party Republican Democratic Green
Home state Texas Tennessee Connecticut
Running mate Dick Cheney Joe Lieberman Winona LaDuke
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 240,178 137,126 24,437
Percentage 58.4% 33.4% 5.9%

County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose three electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana was won by Governor George W. Bush. Bush won most of the counties in the state, and only obtained less than 40% in three counties. Bush won the highest populated county, Yellowstone County with exactly 59% of the vote. Gore won a total of five counties, and did the best in Deer Lodge County.

Ralph Nader, the Green party nominee, performed very well here, getting 5.95% of the vote statewide. He did very well in the western part of the state, getting over 5% of the vote in most of the counties in the region. His best performance by far was in Missoula County, where he got over 15% of the vote, which was the only county Nader cracked double digits. Nader's performance in Montana made it his fifth strongest state after Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.[1]

As of the 2020 presidential election, this is the last election in which Missoula County voted for the Republican candidate. Al Gore's 33.4% of the vote was the worst performance for a Democrat in Montana since Jimmy Carter in 1980, and no Democrat has fallen under that number since.

Results

2000 United States presidential election in Montana[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George W. Bush 240,178 58.4% 3
Democratic Al Gore 137,126 33.4% 0
Green Ralph Nader 24,437 5.95% 0
Reform Patrick Buchanan 5,697 1.4% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 1,718 0.4% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips 1,155 0.3% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin 675 0.2% 0
Totals 410,986 100.00% 3
Voter turnout (Voting age/registered) 61%/59%

By county

County Gore% Gore# Bush% Bush# Others% Others# Total
Beaverhead 19.04% 799 74.19% 3,113 6.77% 284 4,196
Big Horn 56.36% 2,345 39.68% 1,651 3.97% 165 4,161
Blaine 45.16% 1,246 51.11% 1,410 3.73% 103 2,759
Broadwater 22.28% 462 71.75% 1,488 5.98% 124 2,074
Carbon 29.94% 1,434 62.81% 3,008 7.25% 347 4,789
Carter 08.22% 53 88.84% 573 2.95% 19 645
Cascade 39.43% 13,137 54.52% 18,164 6.05% 2,016 33,317
Chouteau 23.78% 686 70.68% 2,039 5.55% 160 2,885
Custer 30.60% 1,501 64.34% 3,156 5.06% 248 4,905
Daniels 27.30% 303 67.57% 750 5.14% 57 1,110
Dawson 31.94% 1,364 63.76% 2,723 4.31% 184 4,271
Deer Lodge 58.93% 2,672 32.93% 1,493 8.14% 369 4,534
Fallon 18.70% 256 77.50% 1,061 3.8% 52 1,369
Fergus 22.56% 1,352 72.62% 4,353 4.82% 289 5,994
Flathead 24.61% 8,329 66.55% 22,519 8.84% 2,991 33,839
Gallatin 31.24% 10,009 58.78% 18,833 9.98% 3,198 32,040
Garfield 08.20% 61 87.50% 651 4.3% 32 744
Glacier 53.61% 2,211 41.44% 1,709 4.95% 204 4,124
Golden Valley 16.57% 88 76.27% 405 7.16% 38 531
Granite 18.55% 295 74.28% 1,181 7.17% 114 1,590
Hill 42.09% 2,760 51.72% 3,392 6.19% 406 6,558
Jefferson 29.30% 1,513 64.07% 3,308 6.62% 342 5,163
Judith Basin 19.94% 278 75.82% 1,057 4.23% 59 1,394
Lake 33.93% 3,884 56.26% 6,441 9.81% 1,123 11,448
Lewis and Clark 36.61% 9,982 55.34% 15,091 8.05% 2,196 27,269
Liberty 23.28% 243 72.03% 752 4.69% 49 1,044
Lincoln 20.76% 1,629 71.09% 5,578 8.14% 639 7,846
McCone 20.73% 758 72.65% 2,656 6.62% 242 3,656
Madison 23.38% 267 72.42% 827 4.2% 48 1,142
Meagher 18.82% 176 74.65% 698 6.52% 61 935
Mineral 23.31% 382 65.77% 1,078 10.92% 179 1,639
Missoula 37.02% 17,241 46.11% 21,474 16.88% 7,861 46,576
Musselshell 23.20% 512 71.68% 1,582 5.12% 113 2,207
Park 29.08% 2,154 61.07% 4,523 9.84% 729 7,406
Petroleum 11.76% 36 83.01% 254 5.23% 16 306
Phillips 18.99% 423 77.51% 1,727 3.5% 78 2,228
Pondera 27.35% 792 67.27% 1,948 5.39% 156 2,896
Powder River 11.41% 115 85.32% 860 3.27% 33 1,008
Powell 22.53% 638 69.60% 1,971 7.87% 223 2,832
Prairie 21.98% 164 72.52% 541 5.5% 41 746
Ravalli 25.82% 4,451 65.21% 11,241 8.97% 1,546 17,238
Richland 25.24% 1,018 70.87% 2,858 3.89% 157 4,033
Roosevelt 54.00% 2,059 42.09% 1,605 3.91% 149 3,813
Rosebud 40.72% 1,394 53.35% 1,826 5.93% 203 3,423
Sanders 24.68% 1,165 66.60% 3,144 8.73% 412 4,721
Sheridan 35.73% 702 59.85% 1,176 4.43% 87 1,965
Silver Bow 53.68% 8,967 37.71% 6,299 8.6% 1,437 16,703
Stillwater 23.61% 925 70.57% 2,765 5.82% 228 3,918
Sweet Grass 16.52% 305 78.55% 1,450 4.93% 91 1,846
Teton 25.56% 847 69.22% 2,294 5.22% 173 3,314
Toole 26.49% 630 68.92% 1,639 4.58% 109 2,378
Treasure 22.13% 106 71.82% 344 6.05% 29 479
Valley 32.12% 1,273 63.08% 2,500 4.79% 190 3,963
Wheatland 24.32% 243 70.87% 708 4.8% 48 999
Wibaux 23.36% 121 71.24% 369 5.41% 28 518
Yellowstone 35.43% 20,370 59.00% 33,922 5.58% 3,207 57,499

Electors

Main article: List of 2000 United States presidential electors

Technically the voters of Montana cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Montana is allocated 3 electors because it has 1 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 3 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 3 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 George W. Bush and Dick Cheney:[4]

  1. Thelma Baker
  2. Jack Galt
  3. Tillie Pierce

References

  1. ^ "2000 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "2000 Presidential General Election Results - Montana".
  3. ^ "2000 Post-Election Timeline of Events".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2009-10-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)