Bush Leads Gore By 362 in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ George W. Bush’s lead over Al Gore in crucial Florida shrank to fewer than 400 votes by unofficial count Thursday with allegations of irregularities swirling and ballots from overseas residents still to be counted.
Recount results from 64 of the state’s 67 counties gave Republican Bush a lead of 362 votes out of nearly 6 million cast, according to an unofficial tally by The Associated Press. The original ``final″ margin had been reported at 1,784.
The official count lagged behind, and Secretary of State Katherine Harris told an early evening news conference that it could be as late as next Tuesday _ a week after the election _ before the state has certified ballot results from all 67 counties. She also pointed out that it would take even longer _ at least until Nov. 17 _ to tabulate ballots cast by Floridians overseas and postmarked by Election Day.