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State overview: Bush camp confident, but several states in the balance

[JURIST] [JURIST Election Special] 6:00 AM ET - Election overview: CNN has projected Kerry wins in California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

Bush has been projected to win Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

In the balance:

  • Ohio - Secretary of State Ken Blackwell says that, by law, provisional and absentee ballots would not be counted until 11 days after the election.
  • New Mexico - amidst heavy turnout, that state will not release presidential election results until later Wednesday because thousands of absentee ballots remain uncounted, according to a spokesman for the secretary of state.
  • Iowa - here there were reports of broken machines, a delay in opening absentee ballots and apparent fatigue. This will delay a report of the final count until some time Wednesday, elections officials have said. The secretary of state's office reported a record 441,911 absentee ballots had been returned by late Tuesday afternoon.

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