• Kyodo


The U.S. presidential election hung in the balance Wednesday after the decisive ballot count in Florida proved so close that a recount was ordered, in line with state law.

Earlier in the day media networks had announced that Texas Gov. George W. Bush had won the state, giving him overall victory in the closest U.S. presidential election in decades, but Vice President Al Gore challenged the result after learning the Florida vote was too close to call.

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