SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1141: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1141

4. The Election of 2000 was significant because

A. the Supreme Court of Florida decided the election.
B. Katherine Harris, a Democrat, validated the election.
C. Al Gore won more popular votes than George W. Bush but lost the election.
D. Jeb Bush, the brother of George W. Bush, was governor of Florida.
E. George W. Bush was the first son to follow his father into the presidency.

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Al Gore won more popular votes than George W. Bush but failed to win the presidency because he did not win a sufficient number of electoral votes. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of recounting votes in Florida, impacting the outcome of the election. Although the Florida Supreme Court had ruled prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, it was not the deciding decision for the election. Katherine Harris, the secretary of state of Florida and a Republican, was responsible for certifying the election in Florida. Jeb Bush, George W. Bush's brother, was the governor of Florida, but that fact does not make the election most significant. George W. Bush is the second son to follow his father into the presidency. John Quincy Adams, in 1824, followed his father, John Adams, who was president from 1797–1801.

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