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Fla. Stops Counts on Court’s Order

December 9, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court froze a recount of Florida’s contested presidential ballots on Saturday, intervening several hours after local officials geared up to review an estimated 45,000 questionable ballots that could settle the race between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

``No need for us to go any further,″ said Pam Iorio, supervisor of elections in Hillsborough County, one of dozens of counties involved in the recount effort.

``This is surreal,″ said Republican attorney Jim Post in Duval County, where officials had been deliberating how to proceed. ``This has been quite a roller coaster ride and I don’t think it’s over yet.″

The court’s 5-4 order was issued in Washington, and spread elation throughout the Bush campaign and concern among Democrats, who had been celebrating Friday’s split state Supreme Court ruling that ordered the recounts to proceed.

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