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Monday, 22 January, 2001, 14:45 GMT
Campaign Calendar: December
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Follow the course of the campaign with BBC News Online's campaign calendar. Click on a month to look at the key campaign dates or check back on the main stories.

  • 4 December: Blow for Gore

  • US Supreme Court rules that a decision to extend a deadline to allow hand counts to be filed should be set aside. Florida judge rejects hand recounts in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

  • 8 December: Boost for Gore

  • Florida's Supreme Court unexpectedly rules for Al Gore. With a majority of four to three, the court orders manual recounts of all ballots where machines failed to register votes for president.

  • 12 December: Final decision

  • The US Supreme Court effectively blocks further recounts and Bush presidency now seems inevitable.

  • 13 December: Bush wins

  • George W Bush finally becomes president-elect after Al Gore concedes defeat.

  • 18 December: Electoral college meets

  • In order to complete the election according to the constitution, the members of each electoral college met in their respective state capitals and cast their ballots for the president, based on who won the most votes in their state.

  • 20 January 2001: Bush inaugurated

  • George W Bush sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States.
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