Atlantic Council Senior Adviser Harlan Ullman writes for the Huffington Post on Ted Cruz and the 2016 presidential election:
Remember the 2000 presidential elections? Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote. But for 31 days after the election, no one knew whether he or Texas Governor George W. Bush had prevailed in Florida winning the needed electoral votes that would determine the nation’s 43rd president. “Hanging chads” and the spectacular hair-do of Florida’s Secretary of State Kathleen Harris dominated the news as Republicans and Democrats took to the courts to determine the winner.
Both sides filed three separate lawsuits. Finally, the most critical case of Bush v. Gore was decided by a 5-4 decision in the Supreme Court. Divided among along party lines, the decision stopped the recount of the hotly contested Florida vote that the Texas governor had won by the narrowest of margins. Bush was awarded Florida’s electoral votes and on January 20th, 2001 became president.