Wednesday, November 8th, 2000: -At 2:15 AM, Bush’s lead in Florida peaks at 50,000 votes. Vice President Gore calls fifteen minutes later to concede the election to Governor Bush, and a concession speech is drafted. -At 3:00 AM, as Vice President Gore’s motorcade moves towards Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium where he plans to address disappointed supporters, the race tightens again. Several Gore campaign aides convince the Vice President to cancel his planned speech, and the motorcade returns to the hotel. -With a thousand votes between Bush and Gore as of 3:30 AM, the Vice President calls the Governor to retract his earlier concession. The call between the two is heated, and ends with the Governor’s phone being slammed down on the receiver. -As of sunrise, Bush leads Gore by 1,784 votes. Several voters complaints of a confusing ballot, particularly in Palm Beach County, forces an automatic machine recount in Florida. Thursday, November 9th, 2000: -The nationwide popular vote count results in Gore leading 50,496,861 votes to Bush’s 49,685,116 votes; just over 800,000 votes separate the two nationally. The Gore campaign claims victory in the popular vote, and remain confident of an ultimate win in Florida, which would send the election to the House of Representatives. In addition, Gore is considering seeking a recount in New Mexico, though there are no reports of major irregularities in the state. -Vice President Gore returns to Washington, while Governor Bush leaves Austin to consult with his brother, Governor Jeb Bush, in Tallahassee, Florida. After their meeting, Governor (Jeb) Bush makes clear his intention to recuse himself from the recount process. -At the end of the day, the winner of the Presidency remains unclear; Gore's lead over Bush dwindles to merely 362 votes in Florida. Friday, November 10th, 2000: -Governor Bush interviews a number of potential administration and White House personnel, a sign of confidence that the recount will ultimately result in a Republican victory. Gore aides warn Governor Bush in multiple media appearances “to quit measuring the drapes” as the recount process begins to grow testy. -The Gore campaign demands a full recount by hand of all ballots in Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, and Volusia counties, where the results of the election are particularly close. In an interview on NBC's Today Show, Pat Buchanan disputes his campaign's high showing in Palm Beach County, claiming "we didn't campaign there. We have no real support there. We never made an effort there." Buchanan expresses his belief that the "butterfly ballot" was responsible for his high showing in the county, and that most of these votes were likely intended for Vice President Gore. -The mood in the country continues to grow grimmer as the Presidency remains undecided five days after the election. Allegations of fraud are being made by media figures associated with both campaigns, further polarizing the already divisive situation. Feminist leader Gloria Steinman leads a “stop the steal” rally at Palm Beach Junior College in Lake Worth, Florida. Saturday, November 11th, 2000: -The Bush campaign seeks an injunction against the Gore campaign’s “selective recounts” in Federal Court, claiming that the said recounts violate the Equal Protection Clause of the constitution. -Governor Bush settles down for the month at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he’ll direct much of the recount from. The Vice President has returned to Washington, though the Gore campaign and the Democratic National Committee continue to monitor the proceedings in Florida closely. Sunday, November 12th, 2000: Both Palm Beach and Volusia Counties begin countywide manual recounts of all ballots cast, in response to the Bush campaign’s claims that a selective recount of certain precincts in certain counties would result in a tainted outcome. The Bush campaign does not accept the full recounts, and calls on both county’s supervisors of elections to end all recounts. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore requests Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris extend the deadline in order to complete a recount. The recount in Palm Beach County was controversially conducted. Monday, November 13th, 2000: With a deadline to certify the results looming, Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris announces she won’t extend the deadline to complete recounts after Tuesday. Volusia County files a lawsuit against Harris, insisting that they retain the right to complete their recount. Tuesday, November 14th, 2000: -Gore supporters file a lawsuit in a Palm Beach County Court seeking an extension for the recount, while the Palm Beach County Board of Canvassers votes to suspend all counting until it is determined whether they have legal authority to move forward. -Later in the afternoon, Circuit Judge Terry Lewis rules that Palm Beach County can continue their recount, though the results may not be completely counted after the deadline. The Gore campaign signals their intent to appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. Wednesday, November 15th, 2000: -Palm Beach County resumes it’s recount, while Broward County reverses an earlier decision and begins its own countywide manual recount. -A judge rules that Palm Beach County has the right to determine what ballots can and can’t be counted. -Katherine Harris, joined by the Bush campaign, files a lawsuit in federal court attempting to force Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties to end their recounts. In response, the Gore campaign offers a compromise solution: a statewide manual recount in all of Florida’s 67 counties. The Bush campaign declines the Gore offer. -The Florida Supreme Court rules that a manual recount in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties can continue; Katherine Harris in response states that she will not count any returns from the counties due to the deadline for completion of the recounts having already passed. Katherine Harris, Florida's controversial Secretary of State. Thursday, November 16th, 2000: The Bush campaign files a lawsuit in a Federal Court in Atlanta seeking to stop the “selective recounts” in Florida. Meanwhile, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis upholds Katherine Harris’s decision to not count any further votes post Tuesday. Friday, November 17th, 2000: The Florida Supreme Court prohibits Katherine Harris from certifying a winner in Florida until “further order” from the court. Later in the afternoon, a Federal Appeals Court in Atlanta rejects the Bush campaign’s lawsuit to force an end to the “selective recounts” in three Florida counties. The Gore legal team considers the day to be a good sign of things to come, and the Vice President meets with Democratic Congressional leaders in preparation for a potential contingency election. -Dade County reverses an earlier decision and resumes counting votes manually. Saturday, November 18th, 2000: Gore’s lead in Florida doubles following the completion of the counting of overseas absentee ballots; it is unclear if these votes will be counted. Sunday, November 19th, 2000: The weekend brings a brief pause to the recount drama in legal channels, but the battle still rages on the airwaves. Both Senator Lieberman and Secretary Cheney both appear on multiple Sunday Shows to address their campaigns plans moving forward as the election remains unsettled nearly two weeks after the election. Monday, November 20th, 2000: The Florida Supreme Court hears arguments in “Palm Beach County vs. Harris” in which the court must deliberate on whether manually recounted ballots can be included in the final vote total. Wednesday, November 22nd, 2000: -Republican Vice Presidential nominee Dick Cheney suffers a minor heart attack during a campaign meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. He is rushed to the hospital, where doctors insert a stent during a quick operation. -The Florida Supreme Court unanimously rules that recounts can continue in Florida, setting a deadline for November 27th to complete a manual recount. As a result, the Bush campaign files with the Supreme Court in a move to attempt to vacate the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling/ -Dade County ends it’s recount, which in turn invites a lawsuit from the Gore campaign. Thursday, November 23rd, 2000: As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, the Florida Supreme Court rejects the Vice President’s lawsuit forcing Dade County to resume a recount. Friday, November 24th, 2000: -The Supreme Court agrees to hear oral arguments in what will become Bush vs. Gore; the case is scheduled for December 1st. -Dick Cheney is released from the hospital, rejecting claims that he is physically unfit for the Vice Presidency and fully committing himself “to the incoming Republican administration.” Saturday, November 25th, 2000: Broward County completes its manual recount of all votes, two days ahead of the deadline set by the Florida Supreme Court. Surprisingly, the recounts in Volusia and Broward result in Gore's narrow lead being erased as Bush takes a paper thin 90 vote lead in Florida. The results from Palm Beach County are still impending, with many predicting that the final returns there will restore Gore's lead in Florida. Pro Bush commentators take to the airwaves Sunday, November 26th, 2000: -Palm Beach County misses the deadline to complete a manual recount, with a thousand votes still left to be counted. Katherine Harris certifies the state of Florida’s electoral votes for Governor Bush, winning by exactly 96 votes over Vice President Gore, making it the tightest result in any state in American presidential history. The Gore campaign files a lawsuit, claiming irregularities in Miami-Dade, Nassau, and Palm Beach counties. The case is assigned to Judge Saul Sanders. -The Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear a case challenging the legality of Palm Beach County’s “butterfly ballot.” Tuesday, November 28th, 2000: The Florida Democratic Party asks Judge Sanders to review nearly 13,000 disputed ballots. The Judge orders the ballots and the controversial voting machines to be in his courtroom by Friday. Thursday, November 30th, 2000: -A committee of the Florida Legislature recommends the legislature call a special session to resolve the electoral crisis over Florida’s thus far uncommitted electoral votes. -After the General Services Administration denies the Bush and Gore campaigns funding and office space for the presidential transition, the Bush campaign announces the opening of a transition headquarters in McLain, Virginia funded by private sources.