El Globo News/
In the November 2000 presidential election, it took 37 days for lawsuits spawned by Palm Beach County’s ballot fiasco to work their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the high court paved the way for Republican George W. Bush to defeat Democrat Al Gore.
In the current legal battle between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden, the issues, atmosphere and breadth of legal challenges are strikingly different. Looking back, veterans of the 2000 election vary on how long they predict it will before the nation knows whether Trump will spend another four years in the White House — or whether Biden will be moving in on Jan. 20.
The most obvious differences involve timing and geography. In 2000, the legal battle between Bush and Gore began after the votes in Florida were initially counted. Those results showed Bush narrowly ahead of Gore.
A machine recount confirmed Bush’s lead, prompting Gore’s attorneys to ask for a manual recount. After 37 days of legal wrangling, a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court halted the recount, effectively giving Bush the win by 537 vote. (The Palm Beach Post)