2000 ELECTION - STANDOFF! - "Special Report: The Wildest Election in History" - TIME Magazine, November 20, 2000. - The First Inauguration of the 21st century and the new millennium followed one of the most contested elections in U.S. history, which hinged on a few thousand disputed ballots in Florida. VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE and TEXAS GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH took their case to the Supreme Court. More than a month after the election, Bush was declared the winner.