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Where It All Stands

Wednesday, 15 November 2000 12:00 AM

Florida Secretary of State Harris has received votes from all 67 counties, with Bush the winner by 300 votes.

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Lewis has ordered her to consider vote tallies that come in after the Tuesday deadline, which may change the 300-vote margin.

Secretary Harris has agreed to do so but is requiring any counties doing that to explain by 2 p.m. today why any changes will be coming in late.

The only two counties in which the vote tallies will change are Palm Beach County and Broward County, where hand counts are under way at this moment. Miami-Dade County last evening abandoned its hand count, and in Broward the Gore campaign is suing to force it to resume its abandoned hand count.

If Gore picks up more than 300 votes, look for Gore to declare victory, and Secretary of State Harris then has the option of disallowing the new tally.

Harris' uneasiness with that has led her this morning to ask the Florida Supreme Court to tell her what to do in this regard, which is very bad news for Bush since the Florida State Supreme Court is overwhelmingly liberal Democrat in its makeup. All justices were chosen by Democrat governors.

Her request indicates a lack of resolve in the face of brutal attacks by Gore's TV spinners, which includes professional ambulance chaser Alan Dershowitz who last night called her "a crook" on CNN.

We are now, on the Gore side, into a no-holds-barred "Sue for Victory" scenario that may force Bush to sue to force hand recounts in Republican counties such as Duval, where Bush would pick up substantial gains, should Gore's chosen hand counts be approved for the vote tally.

Equitable principles would demand this remedy, since the Leon County judge wiped out the very concept of a "deadline" and Gore chose his counties in which to hand count not because of any mechanical problem, as required by the statute, but just because he wanted to. Talk about "arbitrary."

But now, just when you thought it was complicated enough, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, the one that sent Elian back to Cuba, has agreed to hear Bush's appeal on the dismissal of his federal lawsuit to stop the hand counts. The court will hear it en banc, which means all 12 judges will hear the Bush appeal. Good news for Bush.

There is hovering like a cloud, of course, the unknown absentee ballot totals, many possibly from Israel, which must be in by Friday. They may give Gore "victory." At least for the moment.

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