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Bush Defiant as Vote Count Seesaws

Tuesday, 07 November 2000 12:00 AM

"There's a lot of states still in the balance," Bush told reporters at the governor's mansion. "It's going to be a long night."

Bush's chief campaign strategist Karl Rove condemned media outlets for giving Florida to Gore in early projections, which were later recanted, leaving 25 crucial Electoral College votes in play.

"We're going to win Florida," Rove said in a broadcast interview with CNN, which called Florida for Gore along with other major media outlets, including United Press International.

Bush campaign officials said they were confident they are going to win Florida by a 51 percent to 46 percent margin. Additionally, Bush aides say that if he can win in Wisconsin and Iowa, they believe he will win the election.

With initial returns stacking against him early in the evening, Bush canceled plans to attend an election watch party Tuesday with relatives and supporters and instead returned to the governor's mansion to await results with his parents and wife.

"He preferred to be at home," one of the governor's aides told reporters as Bush unexpectedly left a large family dinner at a posh Austin restaurant and went behind closed doors with former President George Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush and wife Laura.

"His own home was more relaxing," the aide said.

The governor had planned to watch the results with a large group of staffers and extended family at a nearby hotel, where banks of televisions were set up to show all the network coverage at once. Some family went to the hotel without Bush, including Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush changed his plans as news of Gore's alleged win in Florida and surer victories in Michigan and Pennsylvania reached the governor.

In downtown Austin, an estimated 20,000 Bush supporters massed at the capitol near the governor's mansion for an election night party, where wild cheers went up when jumbo television screens on the grounds showed Florida up for grabs once again.

Live bands quieted as people eagerly awaited further results from the Midwest and West Coast.

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