2000 George W. Bush

Texas Gov. George W. Bush gives a thumbs up with wife Laura Bush at a campaign event on March 8, 2000.

Wisconsin State Journal archives

By the time Wisconsin's 2000 Republican primary began, it was pretty clear that Texas Gov. George W. Bush was going to be the party's nominee, having soundly beaten back an early challenge by Arizona Sen. John McCain. Bush, the son of former president George H. W. Bush, won Wisconsin's primary with 69% of votes cast, lost the state to Vice President Al Gore in the general election, and went on to win the presidency in one of the most controversial presidential elections in the nation's history.

Wisconsin Republican primary election results

  • Date: April 4, 2000
  • Winner: George W. Bush
  • Votes for: 343,292 (69%)
  • Runner up: John McCain (18%)

Wisconsin general election results

  • Date: Nov. 7, 2000
  • Winner: Al Gore
  • Votes for: 1,242,987 (48%)
  • National winner: George W. Bush