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Fla. Judge Works To Count Votes

December 9, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A divided Florida Supreme Court ordered an immediate recount of thousands of ballots on Friday in the state’s contested presidential election, handing Al Gore a victory and sending George W. Bush to the U.S. Supreme Court with a hurry-up appeal.

Bush’s request, filed late Friday night, asked for a temporary delay, or stay, in implementing the Florida court’s ruling. His appeal argued the Florida Supreme Court ruling was unconstitutional and said the electoral process could suffer ``material harm″ if the recounts go forward.

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