People focused way too much on Florida back in the 2000 election. Even if Al Gore had lost the swing state of Florida, he only lost by 4 electoral votes 271–267. If Al Gore had won his home state of Tennessee, even if it is a red state, he would have won the Presidency. Home state can overrule the color of a state. Also, people ignore the fact that Al Gore lost New Hampshire. New Hampshire is almost universally blue state in Presidential elections, but Al Gore still lost it. New Hampshire wasn’t even a swing state during that election. It was considered safe blue if I remember correctly, but George Bush pulled off a miracle win there. So the election was actually decided my New Hampshire and Tennessee rather than Florida, but Florida got all the press as anyways.