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Court Sets Aside Recount Ruling

December 4, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday set aside a state high court ruling that permitted selective manual recounts in Florida’s contested presidential election, and sent the case back ``for further proceedings.″

Acting with unusual haste, the high court said that despite arguments by lawyers for both George W. Bush and Al Gore, ``there is sufficient reason for us to decline at this time to review the federal questions asserted to be present″ in the nation’s contested presidential election.

The ruling came as a state judge in Florida was preparing to rule on a more tangible issue _ whether to grant Gore’s motion to overturn Bush’s certified 537-vote victory in the state that stands to pick the next president. Within minutes, Judge N. Sanders Sauls relayed word his own ruling would be delayed while he attempts to determine whether the high court’s opinion has any impact on the case before him.

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