In the 2000 election, the sitting vice president, Democrat Al Gore, faced the Texas governor, Republican George W. Bush. The close election ended with a Supreme Court decision. Gore won a recount of Florida’s popular votes by the Florida Supreme Court. Bush appealed to the Supreme Court of the US. According to their decision, the recount could not be fairly done in time, and so the results would remain in favor of Bush. With Bush winning Florida’s electoral votes, he gained the majority needed to become our new president. He also became the fourth president to lose the popular vote but win the presidency.