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Florida Governor's Race

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bill McBride took another step toward winning the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Thursday as the state election board said there will be no automatic recount.

That means his slim victory margin should hold unless former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno goes to court and overturns the result.

McBride beat Reno by about 8,000 votes, but Reno could have lost a lot of votes in her home county of Miami-Dade because of bumbling there by elections officials and poll workers.

Some polling stations opened late, others shut down during the day because of equipment malfunctions, and some polls closed early despite Gov. Jeb Bush having ordered that voting stations remain open an additional two hours on Tuesday night.

As of Thursday afternoon, Miami-Dade officials still don't haven't disclosed the vote tally from four precincts. The county went heavily for Reno.

Reno hasn't said if she'll go to court to try to nullify the election.


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