Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election

Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election

Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election

Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election


The Washington Post, America's premier newspaper for politics and elections, has been in the forefront of the post-election coverage, and in this book its award-winning staff provides the first full-length account of the closest and strangest election in our history -- from the last frantic days of campaigning to the networks' premature election-night projections; from the "butterfly ballot" to the manual recounts; from the first legal challenges to the final adjudication. The Post has offered unsurpassed coverage of the events that transfixed the nation and the world, and now its all-star team of reporters has produced a page-turner to rival the best political thrillers.

Deadlock is a wholly original work of history-in-the-making, written by David Von Drehle and Ellen Nakashima, two of the paper's most accomplished political writers, drawing on the reporting of over two dozen top reporters and columnists in Washington, Florida, and Texas


Before dawn on Monday, October 23, William Daley, chairman of Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign, reached for the phone in his Nashville hotel room to dial Stan Greenberg, one of the campaign's pollsters. Election Day was two weeks away and Daley was worried.

Gore's advisers had expected the polls to move in the vice president's direction after the third presidential debate the previous week. Instead, the polls had not budged. Over the weekend, those in Gore's campaign had worked to tamp down perceptions in the press that the race was slipping away, but privately they were concerned. Like others in the campaign, Daley nervously awaited the results of Greenberg's overnight numbers.

"How does it look?" Daley asked Greenberg, who was bunking in the same hotel.

"No change," Greenberg replied.

The pollster's national numbers still showed the race virtually even. The campaign's state-by-state tracking showed the race just as tight. At Gore headquarters, then, the final two weeks of the campaign began on a hopeful note. Despite all his problems, Gore was still in the hunt.

On that same October morning, the mood was brighter at the Austin headquarters of Texas Gov. George W. Bush. The Bush campaign had just launched new ads in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the last step in a weeks-long stealth campaign to steal traditionally Democratic . . .

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