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If I remember correctly the problem in 2000 was that a contested election would have gone to the house, with each state delegation voting as a block, which had a strong republican majority at the time. The result would have been very likely the same.

As for Gore conceding: beyond the difficulty in winning (they first would have to achieve a victory in a recount in two counties, then legally force an overall recount and then hope that would give a more decisive result that the first round) there is the matter of timing. When the supreme court gave its ridiculous decision on December 12 there were only some six weeks left until the inauguration date. Which, legally speaking is quite short. On top of which the US has that idiotic system where a new administration has to name some 3000 odd people into government to keep it running. (Why the US government can't trust in a politically neutral civil service to do the overwhelming majority of those jobs is one off the many mysteries of the country's political setup).

by Anspen on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 10:53:21 PM EST
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