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The Battleground: Ohio

20 Crucial Electoral Votes May Be Stuck in Limbo

Clear Winner Could Take Weeks to Determine

By Dan Eggen and Jo Becker
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, November 3, 2004; Page A21

Ohio emerged as the key battleground late yesterday, as the race for president narrowed to depend heavily on the outcome of balloting that will not be known for as many as three weeks and could be the focus of intense litigation.

With 20 electoral votes and an estimated 5.8 million voters swarming the polls, the blue-collar bastion turned out to be as closely fought as many Democrats and Republicans had predicted. The state has lost more than 200,000 jobs over the past four years and has historically proved crucial to the election of GOP presidents.

Cleveland residents were among those who waited hours to vote. Provisional ballots will not be tallied until Nov. 13. (David I. Andersen -- Plain Dealer Via AP)

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 U.S. President
 Updated 2:09 AM ET Precincts:0%
 CandidateVotes % 
  Bush * (R)  60,693,281 51% 
  Kerry (D)  57,355,978 48% 
  Other  1,107,393 1% 
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