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Polls Show Gore, Bush Tied in Fla.

October 9, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Al Gore and George W. Bush are virtually tied in Florida _ one of the nation’s hottest presidential battlegrounds _ and in North Carolina in two new state polls, while Bush has opened a comfortable lead in Colorado.

Gore was at 46 percent and Bush at 43 percent in Florida in a poll conducted for the St. Petersburg Times from Wednesday through Friday. That’s within the 4 percentage point error margin for the Schroth & Associates poll of 600 likely voters.

In Colorado, where the race was close after the Democratic convention, Bush has opened a 45-33 lead over Gore in a Talmey-Drake poll of 604 voters, which was conducted for the Denver Rocky Mountain News and KCNC-TV from Sept. 29-Oct. 4.

In Florida, the poll showed how dramatically the race has changed. Bush had a 15-point lead in this poll a year ago. But recent surveys in the state where his brother Jeb is governor have shown the race is close. Both campaigns have made numerous visits to the state, which has 25 electoral votes.

Several national polls out Monday generally show a very close race, with the CNN-USA Today-Gallup showing an 8-point lead for Bush.

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