US election 2020: Does this compare to 2000 Florida recount? – BBC News

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image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionThe 2000 recount in Florida went on for weeks before the Supreme Court ruled in favour of George W Bush

Hours after polls closed in the US election, as votes were being counted, Donald Trump claimed fraud – without providing evidence – and said: "We'll be going to the US Supreme Court."

To date, the only election that hinged on a US Supreme Court decision was in 2000 when Al Gore was defeated by George W Bush.

So it's tempting to make comparisons between the two elections but they can be misleading.

The 2000 election came down to one state – Florida – where both candidates were separated by only a few hundred votes. By contrast, Donald Trump has filed lawsuits in several states, and the margins with his rival Joe Biden are far greater.