And here is the conclusion to the 2004 elections:
Here is the final map for the 2004 presidential election:
Bush/Ridge: 513; 79, 384, 410 64.91%
Lincoln/Dean: 25; 36, 348, 138 29.72%
Nader/Camejo:0; 5, 410, 739 4.42%
Badnarik/Campagna: 0; 690, 538 00.56%
Other: 0; 459, 714 00.38%
270 to win
This landslide really was not all Bush. Nader helped Bush a lot, especially in the popular vote. Nader took almost four and a half percent of the vote which is a strong showing for a third party candidate. And, according to exit polls, about 90% of Nader voters would have voted for Lincoln. So, that helped Bush get the highest number of popular vote and the highest percentage of the nation wide vote in history.
The congressional elections blow everyone out of the water.
In the senate, republicans pick up twenty seats.
This leaves the senate tied and vice president Tom Ridge casts the tie breaking vote. Therefore, the republicans have control of the senate.
People were keeping their fingers crossed for the house, on both sides. On the democratic sides, they were praying that they would atleast keep the house. The republicans were keeping theirs crossed that they would win it.
Well, the republicans picked up 104 house seats. But, it is not enough. The democrats keep the house. Though, the republican gains are huge in both houses of congress and the future looks bright for republicans in the congress.
This leave the new congress looking like the following...
(vice president tom ridge casts the tie breaking vote which puts the senate in republican control.)
The Bush second term is coming up later.
Why would Nader help Bush in the popular vote
? I understand why his presence might cause Lincoln to lose several states, therefore increasing Bush's amount of electoral votes, but Nader's campaign isn't going to make people vote for Bush. The only real effect Nader would have on the popular vote is that the popular vote margin between Bush and Lincoln would grow wider. Bush is not going to gain "highest number of popular vote and the highest percentage of the nation wide vote in history" because of Nader's campaign. Also, I think it's unlikely that ANY candidate would get as a high of a percentage as 64.91% of the vote.