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Gore Retracts Concession

Tuesday, 07 November 2000 12:00 AM

But in an unbelievable development, Democrat Al Gore retracted his concession to Bush early today.

His campaign manager, William Daley, said the concession was premature.

CNN is also reporting that Al Gore is now leading in the popular vote as the vote count continues to come in from western states.

Florida's secretary of state has called Gore and said that the vote was so close in Florida – about 600 votes – that a recount is necessary before a winner is declared.

The Republicans keep control of the Senate and House, CNN said early today. The Republican Party now controls the federal government.

At 2:18 a.m. EST, CNN's projections gave Florida's 25 electoral votes to Republican Bush. That brought his total to 271 – one more than the 270 needed to win a majority in the Electoral College.

The nail-biting finish came as the vote count seesawed through the night and early morning. CNN, ABC and other news media were under fire for reporting early in the evening that Gore had won Florida.

After that announcement, and Gore victories in the Northeast, Illinois and Michigan, Bush's candidacy seemed doomed. But things were not as they appeared.

The GOP nominee, watching the returns with his wife and parents, former President George Bush and first lady Barbara Bush, questioned the media predictions.

"The networks are calling this thing awfully early, but the people counting the votes have a different perspective," the Texas governor said.

Into the early morning, Bush's nephew, George P. Bush, led supporters outside the candidate's Austin, Texas, headquarters in a chant of "We want Florida" as the margin between Bush and Gore closed to within 20,000 votes at one point.

Bush's margin of victory was barely 45,000 votes out of nearly 5 million cast in Florida, whose governor is Bush's brother, Jeb Bush.

"I'm still predicting a victory tonight," Donna Brazile, Gore campaign manager, told CNN late Tuesday. "This election night is still young."

Green Party candidate Ralph Nader had only 3 percent of the national vote, but did well enough to potentially tip several states to Bush.

Earlier reports from election night:

Fox News and CNN said about 2 a.m. that Al Gore has won Iowa, while the Web site of ABC News has reported for hours that George W. Bush has taken that state. Florida, Wisconsin and Oregon remain up for grabs, according to Fox and CNN. Bush was leading Gore in Florida by 52,000 votes with 97 percent of votes counted. In the popular vote, Bush had 49 percent, Gore had 48 percent and Green Party nominee Ralph Nader had 2 percent, Fox News reported about 1:23 a.m.

Al Gore must win Florida and another toss-up state to win the presidency, while George W. Bush can lose Florida and still win the White House by taking Oregon, Wisconsin and Iowa, CNN reports. ABC News has already predicted Bush has won Iowa. Bush leads Gore in the electoral vote 246-242, CNN says.

George W. Bush is leading Al Gore 246 to 242 in the electoral vote, CNN says. Bush won President Clinton's home state of Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado, and Gore won Washington, it says. Florida holds the key with its 25 votes. CNN lists other toss-up states as Oregon, Wisconsin and Iowa, though ABC News has predicted Bush won Iowa.

It's down to the wire. With wins in Nevada and Colorado, George W. Bush now trails Al Gore by only two electoral votes, CNN reports – and this does not include Alaska's three votes, which are sure to go for Bush. Undecided states include Florida, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Arizona, Washington and Oregon. But ABC News reports Bush leads Gore 233 votes to 231 votes, without giving a breakdown of all the states. And some reports are now saying New Mexico, which the TV stations were eager to give to Gore, is a toss-up.

Thanks to victory in Colorado, George W. Bush trails Al Gore by only five electoral votes, CNN reports.

CNN reports Al Gore is now leading, thanks to California's 54 electoral votes. CNN has Gore with 230 electoral votes, George W. Bush with 217 votes and Florida's 25 votes up for grabs. Other polls show Bush ahead in Florida.

ABC News shows Bush leading the popular vote in Florida 51 percent to 47 percent, and it has Bush winning crucial Iowa and New Hampshire. ABC has Bush with 212 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed and Gore with 173.

Oops – CNN now says that Al Gore doesn't have Florida locked up and that George W. Bush is leading the electoral count. Perhaps in a case of wishful thinking, CNN earlier in the evening said Gore had won Florida.

CNN says Hillary Clinton has beat Rick Lazio for the U.S. Senate seat in New York. And it predicts Al Gore has won Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Minnesota and New Jersey, among other states, and has pulled ahead of George W. Bush in the electoral vote. But Bush has won Ohio and embarrassed Gore by winning the Democrat's home state of Tennessee, according to CNN.

Fox News is reporting that Bush has abruptly left the hotel where his family was viewing the results and returned to the Texas governor's mansion. It's unclear why he made the move.

MSNBC projects that Gore will win Michigan.

Gore is winning with big numbers in New York, California and New Jersey.

MSNBC has projected that Gore has won Florida. Though Gore has the lead in Florida exit polls, news outlets have been saying the race is too close to call. Others are projecting Bill Nelson, a Democrat, the Senate winner.

New York exit polls show Hillary the winner in New York.

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