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12/03/2004

 

No recount in Ohio


AP tells us:
President George W. Bush's victory over John Kerry in Ohio was closer than the unofficial election night totals showed, but the change is not enough to trigger an automatic recount.
This implies that the provisional ballots made the lead very small, but not quite small enough to trigger an automatic recount.

In truth, the President's lead shrank from 136,000 to 119,000 votes. That is not much, and the President won the State by 2-percent. That's not very close.

They could be trying to make Kerry feel better about his loss, or they could be trying to trick their readers into believing that the President eked out a narrow victory, but the language is terribly misleading. Bush won Ohio resoundingly, even after the provisional ballots, whose validity has a certain measure of subjectivity anyway.

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