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Election 2000: Presidential Race Unresolved; Oregon Winner Still Unknown Despite Nader FactorAired November 8, 2000 - 7:47 a.m. ET
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CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: This presidential election has been historic, an historic roller coaster, because we cannot tell you yet who has won. It is getting down to the state of Florida.
LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: That's right. Let's go right now to the board. We'll show you the latest numbers that we have here at CNN. Now with 98 percent of all of the national vote counted right now, as you can see here, we have Al Gore, the vice president, with 49 percent and Gov. George W. Bush with 48 percent.
LIN: That's right. That's the popular vote. But taking a look at the electoral vote and how that breaks down, we have, if we can change the board, but it's 260 for Al Gore, which now includes late results out of the state of Wisconsin, electoral votes there, 11, going to the Gore camp; Gov. Bush with 246; 270 are needed to win.
HARRIS: That's right. Races still too close to call in Oregon and Florida. And speaking of Florida, with its 25 electoral votes, this state is going to be the one that puts the winner over the tight -- over the top, rather -- and here is how tight the race is right now. Gov. Bush has 49 percent and Vice President Al Gore has 49 percent. It's going to take a recount to sort this one out.
Now, let's look a little more closely now at Oregon. While the voters there have cast their ballots by mail, we want to show you the numbers that we've got from there. Gov. Bush coming in with 48 percent and Vice President Gore with 46 percent there, but only with 77 percent of the precincts reporting. That is the reason why we are still calling this undecided there.
CNN's Don Knapp is in Springfield, Oregon this morning. Let's go to him now live and get the very latest from the ground there - Don.
DON KNAPP, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Leon, it's a cold, wet morning here in Springfield. We're at a gas station where people going to work, stopping at a little market here before they go to work. We've been talking to these people. Many of them, surprisingly, up most of the night watching television returns because their state's figure could have been the kingmaker, you know, depending on what happened down there in Florida.
But a lot of people were watching the returns much of the night. And a lot of people have a lot of concerns about something else going on here, and that is the so-called Nader effect, because a lot of people here were members of the Green Party and voting for Nader. In fact, in the town of Springfield, or rather Eugene, the Eugene paper, the "Register-Guard," reporting that, last week, people concerned about the Nader effect, Greens concerned about the Nader effect, said, hey, you know, we're liable to lose this state to Bush. Let's not vote for Nader, lets vote for Gore.
Well, that started a big fight, a big screaming match anyway, and there was a lot of concern about that because a lot of people were committed to Nader.
Yesterday, the Portland, Oregon paper, "The Oregonian," reporting that a group calling themselves Greens for Gore advocated a similar thing. They said, let's wait till the last minute before we turn in those ballots in case it's going to Bush, then we can vote for Gore instead of Nader. So the effect, the Nader effect, it was significant. As you indicated in those numbers, very close between Bush and Gore, but does look like Bush is ahead.
We talked to some of those people this morning on their way to work. Here's how they reacted to the idea of a Nader effect.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Since looking at the numbers, that Ralph Nader probably made the difference in this election for George W. Bush if the numbers hold up the way they are.
KNAPP: You were hoping that the Nader effect would help Bush?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Would help Bush. You bet.
KNAPP: And did it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I think so. I think so. From everything I've seen it has.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you voted for Nader, you voted for Bush, basically. I think that's the effect it had on it here. A lot of people went for it, though.
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KNAPP: Small number of votes, very big effect -- Leon.
HARRIS: All right, thanks much Don Knapp, reporting from the rain this morning in Springfield, Oregon.
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