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George W. Bush
Race Might
Hinge on
With fewer than 300 votes
separating Gore and Bush
in Florida, results could be
delayed until next week.
Hie Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - George W.
Bush’s lead over A1 Gore in all-or-noth
ing Florida slipped beneath 300 votes in
a suspense-filled recount Thursday, as
Democrats threw the presidential elec
tion to the courts claiming “an injustice
unparalleled in our history.”
The Bush cam
paign was consid
ering recounts in
two other close
voting states.
Chaos reigned.
It may take weeks
to untangle the
thickening legal
and political webs
to determine the
nation’s 43rd
“The presiden
tial election is ...
on hold,” said
James A. Baker
111, the secretary
of state in the
Bush administra-
George W. Bush
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65 of 67 Florida
precincts reporting
tion brought in to protect the Texas gov
ernor’s interests.
- Gore wants a follow-up recount in four
Florida counties and perhaps anew elec
tion in the Palm Beach area - ideas the
Bush camp said amounted to “politicizing
and distorting” the electoral system.
: I*One of the options that they seem to
looking at is new elections.
democratic process calls for a
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S$ Tuesday night waned on and
networks wavered on calling the
election, newspapers wrangled with
what to put on their front pages.
No American will ever be able to seriously say again,'My vote doesn't count.'
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White House Hangs in the Balance
As Recount Stretches Into Night/
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Students watch CNN's coverage of the Florida recount in the Student Union. The nip-and-tuck race
has drawn unusually high interest from town residents and the University community.
Gore Supporters File Suit in. Fla.
The Associated Press
PALM BEACH COUNTY - The scrutiny of Florida’s pres
idential vote broadened Thursday as supporters of Vice President
Al Gore compiled examples of alleged irregularities and initiated
an Internet campaign to encourage anew vote in the county.
While a confusing ballot in Palm Beach County generated
the most attention, Democratic Party officials, Gore campaign
aides and the NAACP compiled fast-growing lists of complaints.
Two lawsuits were filed in state court seeking anew vote
in Palm Beach County. Also, in an unexpected move, an
emergency lawsuit challenging Palm Beach County returns in
the presidential election was withdrawn Thursday so the
action could be combined with another suit to be filed next
week in state court, attorneys said.
Among alleged irregularities:
■ Polls closed while people were still in line in Tampa.
■ Osceola County Hispanic voters alleged they were
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required to produce two kinds of identificat ion instead of one.
Voters in Osceola County in central Flo rida said they, too,
were confused by their ballots. “We went t o vote and the bal
lot would not line up with the names correctly,” saidjoette
Tindell, 33, a teacher from St. Cloud, Ha.
The county said it will not take any oFacial action unless it
receives a: formal complaint.
On the I ntemet,, a Web > site not affiliated with
the Democratic National Committee, launched, where Palm Beach ’ voters could download
an affidavit, which they could sign and send election officials
protesting the vote. The site had collectec 1 more than a thousand
affidavits by late Thursday afternoon, aci ;ording to a site official.
Florida Election Director Clay Roberts said, “We expect
legal challenges.” He said Secretary of State Katherine Harris,
as the state’s chief elections officer, wi 11 defend any lawsuit.
Harrii: was among 140 Honda resi dents who campaigned
on behalf of George W. Bush lastjam lary in New Hampshire.
House to Probe Media's Premature Calls
The Associated Press
telecommunications panel will hold
hearings as early as next week on the
television networks’ early calls of the
presidential race in Florida and their
possible impact on voters elsewhere.
Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., chairman of
the House Commerce Committee’s
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Telecommunications Subcommittee,
planned Thursday to announce the
panel’s intention to invitd TV network
officials to testify.
A spokr :sman said the hearings could
be set as early as next week, when
Congress must return for a lame-duck
session tc < finish this year’s budget.
“Obviously, we’re concerned about
what the impact the early call of the
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Election 'Updates
Enthrall Ldcals
By Elizabeth Breyer
Assistant University Editors
The sight of a few bleary-eyed politi
cal junkies stumbling to class or wander
ing along Franklin Street is not uncom
mon after most elections.
But this time around,
more folks than usual have
been transfixed by the ups
and downs of the yet-to-be
decided presidential race.
On Thursday afternoon, students
filled the seats circling the big-screen tele
vision in the Student Union to watch as
Honda counties reported recount results.
Sophomore political science major
Scott Crew said he stopped when he saw
people gathered around the television.
“I thought something big had hap
pened,” Crew said. “I thought they had
just announced (the election) or someone
had been assassinated, but it was the exact
The Florida Flash Point
Palm Beach County, Fla., recorded a much higher percentage of votes for Reform Party candidate
Pat Buchanan than the rest of the nation, leading many to question a confusing ballot.
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election had on voter turnout,” said Ken
Johnson, Tauzin spokesman. “We’re
going to focus on Honda, but we’ll look
at other areas.”
About 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, NBC,
CBS, CNN, Fox, ABC and The
Associated Press all called Honda, with
its decisive 25 electoral votes, for Gore.
About 9:55 p.m. EST, media oudets
began taking back those projections
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Saturday: Sunny, 62
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Friday, November 10, 2000
It is also crucial that the
American people have
full faith and confidence
in the electoral process
from which the president
derives authority.'
same thing as the last time 1 checked.”
But he said not all people are so inter
ested in the delayed results. “Most of my
friends could care less."
Other students are making sacrifices
to stay updated. “I’ve been watching
(the news) constantly,” said Angela
Farag, a senior public pol
icy major. “I’m supposed
to be in the library
because I have school
work to do. I’m going to
be clicking to the Internet
while I’m trying to write my paper.”
But some members of the communi
ty found a way to mix their desires to
watch the political drama unfold and to
maintain their social lives.
Tricia McGovern, an employee of
Spanky’s Restaurant at 101 E. Franklin
St., said interested patrons had been
packing the restaurant. “Everybody that
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based on the actual Honda vote count
Tauzin’s hearings are aimed at exam
ining whether the early calls in Honda,
always considered a keystone to the elec
tion, might have deterred some people
from voting in other states,Johnson said.
About 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, televi
sion news outlets projected Bush win
ning fiorida but retracted those projec
tions about 3:45 a.m.

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