I wonder how well Colin Powell did with the African American vote. I mean, even if Powell is African American, he probably won't win that vote, but he'd probably do a lot better than most Republicans.For one of my favorite modern American heroes: Colin Powell
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The 2000 United States presidential election was held on November 3, 2000. Republican candidate Colin Powell, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of the commanders of American forces during the Gulf War, defeated Democratic Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee. Colin Powell became the first African-American and first Vietnam War veteran to become President of the United States.
Vice President Al Gore secured the nomination with no serious opposition, while General Colin Powell fought Texas Governor George W. Bush, son of former President George Bush, in a close primary. Powell would secure the nomination after a series of victories following Super Tuesday and selected Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson as his running mate. Vice President Gore selected Florida Senator Bob Graham as his running mate.
Both major-party candidates focused primarily on domestic issues, such as the budget, tax relief, and reforms for federal social insurance programs, although foreign policy was not ignored. Due to President Bill Clinton's sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky and subsequent impeachment, Gore avoided campaigning with Clinton. Republicans denounced Clinton's indiscretions, while Gore criticized Bush's lack of experience. On election night, Powell swept the northeast, the midwest, and the west, while Gore held onto the southeast. Powell received 55,000,000 votes and 384 electoral votes against Gore's 46,000,000 votes and 153 electoral votes. Powell flipped 18 states that had voted Democratic in 1996: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington. Despite this, Gore managed to flip Georgia from Republican to Democrat. Colin Powell became the third president to win the presidency despite losing his home state, however he would flip New York in 2004.
I wonder who runs against him in 2004.