Lest we forget, in the 2000 presidential election Jeb Bush, as governor of Florida, promised to deliver his state’s Electoral College votes to his brother George W. That election year, for the first and only time, the butterfly ballot was presented to the voters of Palm Beach County, which resulted in more than 3,400 votes being awarded to Pat Buchanan.
The Reform Party itself estimated Buchanan’s support in the county to be between 400 to 500 strong. The rest were supposed to be intended for Al Gore, but mistakenly marked by confused voters in Buchanan’s column. It was a slick move.
The gambit proved successful, and the rest is history.
Now Jeb is running for president, and we can only wait and see what slick moves will be presented to the voters of Florida this time.
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Hoshi Dalal, Miami