United States presidential election in Illinois, 2000

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United States presidential election in Illinois, 2000

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  Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg GeorgeWBush.jpg
Nominee Al Gore George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Tennessee Texas
Running mate Joe Lieberman Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 22 0
Popular vote 2,589,026 2,019,421
Percentage 54.60% 42.58%

United States Presidential Election in Illinois, 2000.svg
County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in Illinois took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 22 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Illinois was easily won by sitting Vice President Al Gore by a safe margin of victory, unlike other states in the Midwest, such as nearby Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, which Gore won, albeit by very small margins. Bush didn't perform terribly at the county level, as he obtained less than 40% of the vote in only three counties. Gore's key to victory was Cook County, home of Chicago, by far the most populous county in the state and one of the most populated counties in the nation. Gore won that county with almost 70% of the vote, his best performance in any county in the state.[1] Bush was the first Republican to win the White House without carrying Illinois, and was also the first time since 1976 that Illinois did note vote for the winning candidate in a presidential election.

Results

Vice President Al Gore easily defeated Texas Governor George W. Bush in the Land of Lincoln. Illinois was once reckoned as a swing state or slightly Republican leaning, but since Bill Clinton's election in 1992 it swung heavily for the Democrats at the presidential level. The trend of blue in the state can be traced to Cook County, which encompasses the Chicago Metropolitan Area, and the gradual trend toward Democrats in the socially liberal suburban regions, known as the "collar counties". The Chicago metro area is not only heavily populated, but also extremely Democratic. Bush did do well in rural areas of Illinois. Bush also won in Springfield. Bush also won the Chicago collar counties, Will, Lake, and DuPage. The closest collar county was Lake county which gave a narrow edge for Bush. Ultimately though, Gore's huge numbers out of Cook County home of Chicago, overwhelmed Bush. Gore also did well in the East St. Louis Area. Statewide, Gore ultimately received 2,589,026 votes to Bush's 2,019,421. Gore ended up with around a 12-point margin of victory. Illinois was among one of the first Midwest states to be called on election night. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Franklin County and Perry County voted for the Democratic candidate.

United States presidential election in Illinois, 2000
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Albert Arnold Gore Joseph Isadore Lieberman 2,589,026 54.6% 22
Republican George Walker Bush Richard Bruce Cheney 2,019,421 42.6% 0
Green Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 103,759 2.2% 0
Reform Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster 16,106 0.3% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Wayne Allyn Root 11,623 0.3% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin Mary Alice Herbert 2,127 0.0% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips Michael Peroutka 57 0.0% 0
Write In David McReynolds - 4 0.0% 0
Totals 4,742,123 100.00% 3
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered) 52%/67%

By county

County[2] Bush Votes Gore Votes Nader Votes Others Votes Total
Adams 57.56% 17,331 40.51% 12,197 1.23% 371 0.69% 210 30,109
Alexander 39.48% 1,588 58.60% 2,357 0.70% 28 1.21% 49 4,022
Bond 54.10% 3,804 43.52% 3,060 1.61% 113 0.78% 55 7,032
Boone 55.51% 8,617 41.75% 6,481 2.09% 325 0.65% 100 15,523
Brown 57.48% 1,529 40.49% 1,077 1.09% 29 0.94% 25 2,660
Bureau 50.68% 8,526 46.09% 7,754 2.16% 363 1.07% 180 16,823
Calhoun 47.23% 1,229 50.35% 1,310 1.61% 42 0.80% 21 2,602
Carroll 53.43% 3,835 43.37% 3,113 2.15% 154 1.05% 75 7,177
Cass 50.31% 2,968 47.28% 2,789 1.59% 94 0.81% 48 5,899
Champaign 46.64% 34,645 47.81% 35,515 4.77% 3,543 0.78% 582 74,285
Christian 51.03% 7,537 46.03% 6,799 1.82% 269 1.12% 166 14,771
Clark 58.55% 4,398 39.03% 2,932 1.68% 126 0.75% 56 7,512
Clay 61.76% 3,789 36.06% 2,212 1.27% 78 0.91% 56 6,135
Clinton 55.67% 8,588 41.72% 6,436 1.91% 295 0.70% 108 15,427
Coles 52.23% 10,495 44.31% 8,904 2.52% 507 0.93% 187 20,093
Cook 28.65% 534,542 68.63% 1,280,547 2.25% 42,068 0.47% 8,750 1,865,907
Crawford 58.52% 4,974 39.21% 3,333 1.39% 118 0.89% 75 8,500
Cumberland 59.58% 2,964 37.59% 1,870 1.45% 72 1.39% 69 4,975
DeKalb 51.57% 17,139 44.53% 14,798 3.11% 1,032 0.80% 264 33,233
De Witt 56.28% 3,968 40.70% 2,870 1.89% 133 1.14% 80 7,051
Douglas 58.07% 4,734 39.44% 3,215 1.62% 132 0.87% 71 8,152
DuPage 55.18% 201,037 41.87% 152,550 2.39% 8,711 0.57% 2,064 364,362
Edgar 58.71% 4,833 39.07% 3,216 1.37% 113 0.85% 70 8,232
Edwards 67.85% 2,212 30.00% 978 1.29% 42 0.86% 28 3,260
Effingham 68.04% 9,855 29.17% 4,225 1.47% 213 1.33% 192 14,485
Fayette 55.69% 5,200 41.61% 3,886 1.31% 122 1.39% 130 9,338
Ford 63.20% 3,889 33.97% 2,090 1.89% 116 0.95% 58 6,153
Franklin 44.19% 8,490 53.10% 10,201 1.81% 347 0.91% 174 19,212
Fulton 42.61% 6,936 54.92% 8,940 1.70% 276 0.77% 125 16,277
Gallatin 44.72% 1,591 52.78% 1,878 1.12% 40 1.37% 49 3,558
Greene 54.26% 3,129 43.18% 2,490 1.61% 93 0.96% 55 5,767
Grundy 52.51% 8,709 45.32% 7,516 1.55% 257 0.61% 102 16,584
Hamilton 54.92% 2,519 42.36% 1,943 1.64% 75 1.09% 50 4,587
Hancock 52.98% 5,134 43.92% 4,256 1.66% 166 1.44% 140 9,691
Hardin 51.80% 1,366 44.90% 1,184 1.55% 41 1.75% 46 2,637
Henderson 44.18% 1,708 52.51% 2,030 1.91% 74 1.40% 54 3,866
Henry 46.43% 10,896 50.79% 11,921 1.82% 428 0.96% 225 23,470
Iroquois 64.70% 8,685 32.75% 4,397 1.71% 229 0.84% 113 13,424
Jackson 42.54% 9,823 50.99% 11,773 5.32% 1,228 1.15% 266 23,090
Jasper 62.12% 3,119 36.15% 1,815 1.00% 50 0.74% 37 5,021
Jefferson 54.44% 8,362 43.52% 6,685 1.37% 211 0.66% 102 15,360
Jersey 49.92% 4,699 46.27% 4,355 2.45% 231 1.36% 128 9,413
Jo Daviess 51.39% 5,304 44.42% 4,585 3.04% 314 1.15% 119 10,322
Johnson 61.26% 3,285 35.96% 1,928 1.55% 83 1.23% 66 5,362
Kane 54.45% 76,996 42.52% 60,127 2.32% 3,274 0.71% 1,008 141,405
Kankakee 49.89% 20,049 47.73% 19,180 1.77% 713 0.60% 241 40,183
Kendall 60.12% 13,688 37.09% 8,444 2.11% 481 0.69% 156 22,769
Knox 42.77% 9,912 54.25% 12,572 1.96% 455 1.01% 235 23,174
Lake 49.96% 120,988 47.51% 115,058 2.00% 4,843 0.53% 1,275 242,164
LaSalle 46.25% 21,276 50.76% 23,355 2.16% 992 0.84% 384 46,007
Lawrence 54.64% 3,594 42.90% 2,822 1.54% 101 0.92% 61 6,578
Lee 55.19% 8,069 41.80% 6,111 2.19% 320 0.81% 120 14,620
Livingston 59.57% 9,187 37.80% 5,829 1.85% 285 0.78% 120 15,421
Logan 62.31% 8,141 35.21% 4,600 1.59% 208 0.89% 116 13,065
Macon 48.14% 23,830 49.02% 24,262 1.98% 982 0.85% 425 49,499
Macoupin 45.58% 9,749 51.50% 11,015 1.99% 426 0.93% 199 21,389
Madison 43.94% 48,821 53.17% 59,077 2.12% 2,359 0.77% 847 111,104
Marion 49.45% 8,240 48.42% 8,068 1.43% 238 0.70% 117 16,663
Marshall 53.24% 3,145 43.51% 2,570 2.27% 134 0.98% 58 5,907
Mason 50.37% 3,411 47.14% 3,192 1.73% 117 0.77% 52 6,772
Massac 54.51% 3,676 43.18% 2,912 1.23% 83 1.08% 73 6,744
McDonough 49.68% 6,465 46.73% 6,080 2.80% 364 0.79% 103 13,012
McHenry 58.49% 62,112 38.33% 40,698 2.59% 2,751 0.58% 624 106,185
McLean 55.84% 34,008 40.95% 24,936 2.54% 1,546 0.67% 408 60,898
Menard 62.27% 3,862 34.89% 2,164 2.18% 135 0.67% 41 6,202
Mercer 44.34% 3,688 52.90% 4,400 1.88% 156 0.89% 74 8,318
Monroe 55.32% 7,632 42.02% 5,797 1.90% 262 0.76% 105 13,796
Montgomery 47.55% 6,226 49.97% 6,542 1.46% 191 1.02% 134 ,
Morgan 56.22% 8,058 41.15% 5,899 1.77% 253 0.86% 124 14,334
Moultrie 53.41% 3,058 44.17% 2,529 1.36% 78 1.05% 60 5,725
Ogle 59.83% 12,325 37.25% 7,673 2.27% 467 0.66% 136 20,601
Peoria 47.39% 36,398 50.26% 38,604 1.73% 1,332 0.62% 478 76,812
Perry 48.30% 4,802 48.90% 4,862 1.74% 173 1.05% 105 9,942
Piatt 55.09% 4,619 41.60% 3,488 2.59% 217 0.72% 61 8,385
Pike 58.01% 4,706 39.42% 3,198 1.42% 115 1.15% 93 8,112
Pope 57.77% 1,346 39.79% 927 1.33% 31 1.11% 26 2,330
Pulaski 47.41% 1,430 50.33% 1,518 1.03% 31 1.22% 37 3,016
Putnam 45.20% 1437, 52.12% 1,657 1.82% 58 0.85% 27 3,179
Randolph 49.88% 7,127 47.55% 6,794 1.60% 229 0.96% 137 14,287
Richland 63.52% 4,718 33.54% 2,491 1.80% 134 1.14% 85 7,428
Rock Island 38.70% 25,194 58.31% 37,957 2.10% 1,364 0.90% 580 65,095
St. Clair 42.13% 42,299 55.74% 55,961 1.56% 1,569 0.56% 564 100,393
Saline 50.93% 5,933 46.58% 5,427 1.55% 181 0.94% 109 11,650
Sangamon 55.06% 50,374 41.99% 38,414 2.19% 2,001 0.76% 696 91,485
Schuyler 55.06% 2,077 42.07% 1,587 1.91% 72 0.95% 36 3,772
Scott 59.05% 1,458 38.64% 954 1.26% 31 1.05% 26 2,469
Shelby 57.57% 5,851 39.54% 4,018 1.59% 162 1.30% 132 10,163
Stark 56.67% 1,694 40.52% 1,211 1.84% 55 0.97% 29 2,989
Stephenson 55.29% 10,715 41.60% 8,062 2.46% 476 0.65% 125 19,378
Tazewell 54.05% 31,537 43.50% 25,379 1.75% 1,022 0.71% 410 58,348
Union 50.77% 4,397 45.98% 3,982 2.18% 189 1.06% 92 8,660
Vermilion 49.17% 15,783 47.99% 15,406 1.88% 605 0.95% 306 32,100
Wabash 61.84% 3,406 36.07% 1,987 1.36% 75 0.72% 40 5,508
Warren 51.09% 3,899 46.18% 3,524 1.70% 130 1.02% 78 7,631
Washington 60.98% '4,353' 36.96% 2,638 1.34% 96 0.71% 51 7,138
Wayne 69.50% 5,347 28.71% 2,209 1.00% 77 0.77% 60 7,693
White 59.20% 4,521 38.73% 2,958 1.48% 113 0.59% 45 7,637
Whiteside 45.30% 11,252 51.88% 12,886 2.07% 515 0.74% 184 24,837
Will 50.00% 95,828 47.43% 90,902 1.97% 3,769 0.61% 1,171 191,670
Williamson 52.01% 14,012 45.26% 12,192 1.77% 476 0.96% 259 26,939
Winnebago 49.24% 53,816 47.56% 51,981 2.41% 2,637 0.79% 863 109,297
Woodford 64.94% 10,905 32.92% 5,529 1.57% 263 0.57% 96 16,793

Electors

Technically the voters of Illinois cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. For this election, Illinois is allocated 22 electors because it has 20 congressional districts and two senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 22 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 22 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 Gore and Lieberman:[4]

  1. Joan Brennan
  2. Dave Bybee
  3. Vilma Colom
  4. Barbara Flynn Currie
  5. John P. Daley
  6. Vera Davis
  7. James DeLeo
  8. Marge Friedman
  9. Charles A. Hartke
  10. Tinker Harvey
  11. Carolyn Brown Hodge
  12. Constance A. Howard
  13. Mary Lou Kearns
  14. Michael J. Madigan
  15. William Marovitz
  16. Shirley McCombs
  17. Molly McKenzie
  18. Victory McNamara
  19. John Nelson
  20. Donald Pedro
  21. Dan Pierce
  22. Jerry Sinclair

References

  1. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/
  2. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/
  3. ^ http://www.uselectionatlas.org/INFORMATION/ARTICLES/pe2000timeline.php
  4. ^ http://presidentelect.org/e2000.html
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