- A vote-by-vote review of untallied ballots in the 2000
Florida presidential election commissioned by the nation's main media outlets
shows Al Gore edged ahead of George W. Bush "under all the scenarios
for counting all undervotes and overvotes statewide," the DRUDGE REPORT
AP, CNN, NYT, WASHPOST,LATIMES, NEWSDAY, and CHICAGO TRIB will splash in
Monday editions an election review which will ignite total controversy
during a time of war, publishing sources told DRUDGE on Sunday.
- Bush would have narrowly prevailed in the partial recounts
sought by Gore, but Gore could have "reversed the outcome -- by the
smallest of margins -- had he pursued and gained a complete statewide recount,"
according to one interpretation of the database compiled by the monstermedia
consortium. [Each media outlet will produce a news analysis based on the
Under any standard that counted all disputed votes in Florida, Gore erased
Bush's advantage and emerged with a tiny lead that ranged from 42 to 171
Gore followed a legal strategy that would have led to his defeat even if
it had not been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to one interpretation
set for publication.
Gore sought a recount of a small number of disputed ballots while the review
indicates his only chance lay in a course he advocated publicly but did
not pursue in court -- a full statewide recount of untallied votes!
Gore took a 171-vote lead when the consortium tried to recreate how each
county said it would handle a court-ordered statewide recount, and a 42-vote
lead under what was called the "Palm Beach standard".
- All outcomes were closer than the 537 votes of Bush's
official victory, the media outlets will claim, while noting it would be
impossible to interpret the survey results as definitive, with such narrow
margins in all directions.
- Filed By Matt Drudge Reports are moved when circumstances
warrant http://www.drudgereport.com for updates (c)DRUDGE REPORT 2001 Not
for reproduction without permission of the author