Butterfly ballot victim Al Gore returns to Florida for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday

"Take it from me....Every vote matters," Al Gore said during this 2008 visit to West Palm Beach for Barack Obama's presidential bid (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

“Take it from me….Every vote matters,” Al Gore said during this 2008 visit to West Palm Beach for Barack Obama’s presidential bid (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Hillary Clinton will campaign with former Vice President and every-vote-counts poster boy Al Gore on Tuesday afternoon at the Kendall campus of Miami Dade College.

 

Republican nominee Donald Trump will also campaign in the state this week with appearances in Panama City Beach, Ocala and Lakeland on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Palm Beach County Canvassing Board members Carol Roberts and Charles Burton examine a ballot while George W. Bush lawyer John Bolton looks on during the 2000 presidential recount. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County Canvassing Board members Carol Roberts and Charles Burton examine a ballot while George W. Bush lawyer John Bolton looks on during the 2000 presidential recount. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Gore lost Florida and the White House to George W. Bush by 537 votes in 2000 after five weeks of post-election recounts and litigation that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He likely lost thousands of votes in Palm Beach County after a “butterfly ballot” design led some confused voters to mark their ballots for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan.

 

“I think the Buchanan votes were decisive in the election of President Bush, no question about it,” Buchanan said in a 2001 interview with The Palm Beach Post. Buchanan got 3,411 votes in Palm Beach County, many of them from heavily Democratic precincts.

 

“Deep in my heart, I don’t think they were voting for me,” Buchanan said in 2001. But, the conservative commentator added, “You know, I haven’t lost any sleep over it at all.”

 

Gore has returned to Florida for Democratic candidates in subsequent elections to urge Democrats to get out and vote.

 

“Some of you have strong feelings after the Supreme Court decision four years ago,” Gore said in an October 2004 visit to Riviera Beach on behalf of John Kerry‘s presidential bid. “Don’t hold them back. But don’t express them in anger. Turn them into constructive power for change for good in America with early voting.”

 

Four years later, Gore made a similar plea for Barack Obama during a visit to West Palm Beach.

 

“Take it from me,” Gore said in an appearance at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. “Elections matter. Every vote matters.”

 

 

 

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