Find out Baker's role in helping President Bush win the 2000 election. When George H. W. Bush_s son, George W., ran for president against Democratic Vice President Al Gore, the race was so tight that it was declared "too close to call" on election night. It all came down to the vote count in Florida; whichever man had won that state would win the election. Votes were counted and recounted. Days passed, and then weeks. Both candidates sent representatives to Florida. George W. Bush's team sought help from Baker, the man who had guided Bush's father into the White House. Baker's goal was to move the issue to the Supreme Court.