Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Well, you have confused me. You put up a Wikipedia link followed by a quote and yet some of the things you include in that quote do not come from Wikipedia....what's up with that? Nowhere in that link does it suggest that Gore "conceded the election for the sake of the country." Hell, he STILL hasn't conceded!
Some other things I DID find in the Wikipedia link, though...
On January 6, 2001, a joint-session of Congress met to certify the electoral vote. Twenty members of the House of Representatives, most of them Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus, rose one-by-one to file objections to the electoral votes of Florida. However, according to an 1877 law, any such objection had to be sponsored by both a representative and a senator, and no senator would co-sponsor these objections. Therefore, Gore, who was presiding in his capacity as President of the Senate, ruled each of these objections out of order.
Numerous media outlets made the incorrect assumption that all of Florida's polls closed at 7:00 PM EST, which was not the case. Westernmost counties in Florida had polls open until 8:00 PM EST, as they were part of the Central Time Zone, so were open for one additional hour. This region of the state traditionally voted mostly Republican. Because of the above mistaken assumption, some media outlets reported at 7:00 PM EST that all polls had closed in the state of Florida. Also, significantly, the Voter News Service called the state of Florida for Al Gore at 7:48 PM EST. A survey estimate by John McLaughlin & Associates put the number of voters who did not vote due to confusion as high as 15,000, which theoretically reduced Bush's margin of victory by an estimated 5,000 votes. This survey assumes that the turnout in the Panhandle counties (which was 65% of the electorate) would have equalled the statewide average of 68% if the media had not incorrectly reported the polls' closing time and if the state had not been called for Gore while the polls were still open. This opens the possibility that Bush would have won by a larger victory margin and controversy would have been avoided if the networks had known and reported the correct poll closing times, and called the state after all polls were closed.
Here's one, which is among the most despicable..
There were a number of overseas ballots missing postmarks or filled out in such a way that they were invalid under Florida law. A poll worker filled out the missing information on some absentee ballot applications; the Democrats moved to have the returned ballots thrown out because of this. These disputes added to the mass of litigation between parties to influence the counting of ballots. The largest group of disputed overseas ballots were military ballots, which the Republicans argued to have accepted.
The Democrats were calling for technicalities to throw out the ballots of the military voters overseas because they knew that the military vote would be predominately Republican. How low can you go?
....and this one, which is actually the most telling part of the entire election..
Gore failed to win the popular vote in his home state of Tennessee. Had he won Tennessee which he didn't because Bush campaigned extensively for it due to its bipartisan base, he could have won the election without Florida. Gore was the first major party presidential candidate to have lost his home state since George McGovern lost South Dakota in 1972.
The state that knew him best didn't want him in the Oval Office
I don't need to rewrite Wikipedia...one just needs to quote it the right way.