The elections of 2000 took many historic twists and turns, but they were particularly remarkable for the close results which they produced. An astonishingly tight presidential contest stretched on without a winner for more than five weeks beyond election day, in the midst of vote recounts, legal challenges, and the unprecedented involvement of the U.S. Supreme Court. The congressional elections were, if anything, even closer, reflecting an electorate that was split almost precisely down the middle on the question of who should govern. What lessons are to be learned from the elections of 2000? What forces propelled Americans toward the choices they made in the voting booths in November? What place will the 2000 elections occupy in the larger context of America's political history, and what do the various election outcomes portend for politics and leadership in the years to come? In The Elections of 2000, Michael Nelson and a distinguished team of political scientists explore these vital questions and share their insights on what happened and why. Offering analysis of the presidential contest, the House and Senate races, and initiative campaigns in the states, this timely collection broadly illuminates America's election experience in 2000 and greatly enhances the understanding of it.