In The Perfect Tie: The True Story of the 2000 Presidential Election, James Ceaser and Andrew Busch continue their study of national elections and their broader implications for American politics and society. With groundbreaking research of electoral politics and penetrating discussions of divided government, independent candidates, party platforms, realignment theory, the electoral college, and campaign strategies, Ceaser and Busch attempt to make sense of the 2000 presidential election. By separating myth from fact in presidential contests and by emphasizing the significance of frequently overlooked issues, such as foreign policy, this book is essential reading for courses in American Government, Campaigns and Elections, and Presidential Politics, as well as for any American interested in the real and lasting importance of the 2000 elections.
James W. Ceaser is professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia, is author of numerous works including, with Andrew Busch, Upside Down and Inside Out: The 1992 Elections and American Politics and Losing To Win: The 1996 Elections and American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield). Andrew E. Busch is associate professor of political science at the University of Denver.
Chapter 1 Prologue: Election Eve, 2000 Chapter 2 The Politics of the Perfect Tie Chapter 3 The Invisible Primary: The Marathon Begins Chapter 4 The Party Nomination: The Three-Way Race Chapter 5 The Interregnum: The Four Faces of Al Gore Chapter 6 The Final Election Campaign: Roller Coaster Chapter 7 The Post-election Campaign: Bush versus Gore Chapter 8 Congressional and State Elections Chapter 9 Electoral Reform Chapter 10 Appendix: Presidential Vote by State, 2000