WASHINGTON (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for George W. Bush in the Florida presidential recount case Monday, overturning a state Supreme Court decision that had let hand-counted ballots narrow his lead over Al Gore.

The unsigned decision sets aside the Florida rulings and means Bush's lead stands while the vice president pursues more votes in a state court contest he hopes will put him over the top.

``After reviewing the opinion of the Florida Supreme Court, we find that there is considerable uncertainty as to the precise grounds for the decision,'' the court wrote.