Al Gore had went for a total recount of Florida, there is evidence that shows he would have won Florida. I think the U.S. Supreme Court short circuited the process. The Congress also had it in their power to give Florida a special exception, because of the problems,to extend the recount. They took no action though, and the Democrats didn't ask for it. So that is why Bush Jr became President, when he really didn't win the popular vote or the electoral college. He became President because of a procedure. It was most definately a technicality.