Judge Charles Burton, chairman of the Palm Beach County canvassing board, center, holds up the last ballot the board was able to consider in the manual recount of ballots as Democratic lawyer Mark White, left, and Republican lawyer John Bolton watch at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center on Nov. 26, 2000, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

(The Washington Post front page the day after the 2000 presidential election.)

Nov. 8, 2000“The extraordinary battle for the White House continued today, with a full recount coming in Florida to determine whether Texas Gov. George W. Bush or Vice President Gore becomes the next president.” So began The Washington Post’s front-page account of what became a 35-day-longsaga that delivered what this year’s Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, promised at his final debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton: suspense. The following day, The Post’s David Von Drehle described Gore and Bush’s bizarre conversation in the hours after the election was initially called for Bush, and Gore conceded.

“ ‘Circumstances have changed dramatically since I first called you,’ Gore told Bush. ...

“ ‘The state of Florida is too close to call.’...

“ ‘Are you saying what I think you’re saying?’ Bush asked. ... “You’re calling back to retract that concession?’ ”

“ ‘Don’t get snippy about it!’ Gore spat back.”

On Dec. 12, a 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court secured victory for Bush, marking the first time in 112 years that a candidate won the presidency without winning the popular vote.

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