The Unfinished Election of 2000

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TRUST THE PEOPLE:
POLITICAL PARTY COALITIONS
AND THE 2000 ELECTION

HENRY E. BRADY *

THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN OF 2000 ENDED WITH THE nation seriously divided both politically and geographically. The voters of one party were in the towns and cities of New England; the Great Lakes states of New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota; and the far western states of California and Oregon. Their standard bearer was a modern man who believed that new technologies would assure the future of the United States, but who also gained support from those voters who remembered the injuries of American slavery. The voters of the other party were found throughout the southern states of the Confederacy; the Great Plains of Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska,

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*
My thanks to Daniel J. Brady, Laurel Elms, and Richard Goulding for research assistance and to the American National Election Studies for their policy of releasing their biennial treasure troves of data in a timely and fully documented fashion.

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