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01 November 2004

Bush vs Kerry - Tommorow is E-day

US rivals make closing arguments

George W Bush and John Kerry have begun a frantic last day of a US presidential race that remains too close to call. After campaigning across thousands of miles and scores of rallies, the main rivals will be just three streets and one hour apart in Wisconsin on Monday. It is one of the key states that could be won by either man and that could affect the overall election result. The BBC's Justin Webb in Washington says neither candidate can be sure of a win, and the last day may be decisive.

President Bush started the final day before the vote in Ohio, another state where even a narrow majority would give the winner the state's entire set of Electoral College votes that are used to pick the president. A vote for his ticket, he told an early-morning crowd in Wilmington, was a vote for "a safer America and a stronger America and a better America". Later, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the incumbent president said he had "the finish line in sight".

1. Florida - 27 electoral votes
2. Pennsylvania - 21
3. Ohio - 20
4. Minnesota - 10
5. Wisconsin - 10
6. Iowa - 7
7. Nevada - 5
8. New Mexico - 5
9. New Hampshire - 4

Our correspondent says most respectable commentators have given up trying to predict the outcome of the election, but agree that persuading supporters to go to vote on Tuesday is crucial. The weather could even play a part, with thundery showers predicted for parts of Ohio and elsewhere in the Midwest, where states could yet be won by a few hundred votes.


The question now is... Will the scenes at the end of the 2000 elections be repeated tommorow?

The Whoppers of 2004
Bush and Kerry repeat discredited claims in their final flurry of ads. Here's our pre-election summary of the misinformation we found during the Bush-Kerry presidential campaign.


As election day neared, both candidates continued to twist and falsify in their final TV ads -- and in a blizzard of expensive mail as well. Bush continued to accuse Kerry of proposing government-run health care and more taxes for middle-income persons, and of voting in the past to "slash" spending on intelligence and of opposing mainstream military weapons. Kerry claimed Bush would cut Social Security benefits 45% and that he subsidizes companies that send jobs overseas. And those are just some of the untruths the candidates are feeding to voters. In this article we again take on those claims, and summarize the major misrepresentations made by both sides since the start of the general election campaign last March when Kerry sewed up the Democratic nomination

Truth and Fiction: What they said and what they should have said!

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