The Status in Other Close States
Besides Florida, at least three other states with close votes in the presidential race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore faced possible recounts. A rundown:
_New Mexico: In the closest presidential race outside of Florida, Gore squeaked by Bush on Friday, winning New Mexico by 481 votes out of nearly 600,000 votes cast, according to an Associated Press tally.
Should Bush decide to contest the results, he has until Dec. 4 to request a recount, or until Jan. 8 to challenge the outcome in court.
New Mexico has five electoral votes.
_Wisconsin: With all 72 counties reporting, Gore defeated Bush by 5,697 votes out of nearly 2.6 million votes cast, making this year’s election one of the state’s tightest presidential races ever, an AP tally showed.
The state Elections Board received the last county canvass Friday. Candidates have until 5 p.m. local time Wednesday to request a recount.
There have been several allegations of fraud, including college students who say they voted twice and Democrats giving homeless people cigarettes to vote.
_Oregon: Gore has won Oregon’s seven electoral votes, but by a slim margin. As of Friday, the vice president had 718,525 votes to 711,730 for Bush, a lead of 6,795 votes.
An unofficial tally by The Associated Press indicated that fewer than 1,500 ballots remained to be counted on Friday.
An automatic recount would be triggered if the margin dropped below 2,800 votes. That’s not likely to happen, barring unusual evidence of fraud.