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Bush And Gore Await Outcome of Tightest Race in Four Decades

Tuesday, 07 November 2000 12:00 AM

Bush will vote in Austin, the capital of Texas, and later speak to radio stations in Michigan, Oregon, Florida, Wisconsin and on the West Coast, urging Americans to get out and vote.

Vice President Gore, who ended a 30-hour whirlwind tour at dawn Tuesday in Florida, will be in his home state of Tennessee to cast his ballot in Carthage and then await election returns at his headquarters in Nashville, the state capital.

The latest public opinion polls give Bush a 2 percent to 5 percent lead, too small a margin to forecast the election outcome if one considers the high number of undecided voters, those who choose not to vote and bad weather in several states.

Donna Brazile, a Gore campaign spokeswoman, noted that weather forecasts across the country "are varied, with storms expected in areas where both we and Bush need votes."

The first polls opened in Maine, Vermont, Virginia and Kentucky at 6:00 a.m. (1100 GMT).

Those four states, whose elections precincts will also be the first to close, account for 28 of the 538 members of the Electoral College who will select the next president.

The polls opened half an hour later in North Carolina and Ohio, and they opened at 7:00 a.m. (1200 GMT) in South Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Louisiana.

The polls on the West Coast, where the time difference is three hours from the East, will be the last to open and close.

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