The numbers do not support the assertion that HRP cost Bush the election. Of the people who ultimately voted for HRP, the support was equally split between Clinton and Bush. In case you forgot, HRP dropped out of the race for about 4-5 months before re-entering, during which time Clinton was consistently polling well ahead of Bush. Heck, Bush even lost in the Iowa caucuses to wacko Pat Robertson. Shockingly hard for an incumbent to do that. And that was months BEFORE HRP entered the race. So it wasn't HRP's "fault," Bush didn't win.