AUSTIN, Texas – George W. Bush’s campaign announced today it would not seek a recount of the presidential vote in Iowa, a state where Al Gore claimed a narrow victory.
Campaign chairman Don Evans announced the decision a few hours before the 5 p.m. deadline for seeking a recount in a state where Bush lost by 4,407 votes out of more than 1.3 million.
Drawing a contrast to Gore’s efforts to continue a hand recount in contested Florida, Evans said that in Iowa, Bush had decided to “do his part to ensure the fairness, accuracy and finality of this election.”
Evans said that Bush’s supporters in Iowa had urged the campaign to seek a recount, noting that the margin of victory for the vice president was three-tenths of 1 percent.
Both campaigns have been watching the close vote counting in Iowa, Oregon, Wisconsin and New Mexico. Without winning Florida’s 25 electoral votes, Bush would have to overturn the results in at least three of those states to win the White House. With Florida, he would not need any of them.
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