SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ Vice President Al Gore narrowly defeated George W. Bush for Oregon’s seven electoral votes in a bittersweet victory three days after the election.
The margin is so close that a recount cannot be precluded.
With 99 percent of the votes counted as of Friday afternoon, unofficial results gave 698,252 votes to Gore and 692,279 to Bush _ a difference of 5,973. The unofficial results showed Green Party candidate Ralph Nader with 74,156 votes.
A recount would be required by state law if the margin between Bush and Gore is less than one-fifth of 1 percent, or about 2,800 votes.
As of Friday afternoon, about 28,500 Oregon votes remained to be counted.
Gore’s electoral vote total stands at 262, just shy of the 270 needed to win the presidency. Gore and Bush are dueling for Florida’s 25 electoral votes _ and the White House.