Views are mixed on Electoral College
How could Americans vote for a president and still not know, a day later, who won? How could one candidate get more votes and be in danger of losing?
Eventually, either George W. Bush or Al Gore will be declared the next president, but it could take days to recount votes and sort out challenges.
What exactly happened on Tuesday? Bush, the Republican governor from Texas, and Gore, the Democratic vice president, ended the race in a virtual tie. They received almost the same number of popular votes cast by people in all 50 states - more than 48 million votes each.
In the latest figures available Wednesday, Gore had slightly more popular votes than Bush. But even if he holds onto that advantage, that doesn't necessarily mean he wins.