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The Path to the Presidency

After the Florida vote count bounced from court to court for a month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the matter, saying hand recounts may not proceed. The timeline of events below includes links to Post stories, polls and photo galleries.

Dec. 12 – U.S. Supreme Court reverses state court decision and says that hand recounts may not proceed.
Dec. 10 – Poll shows slim majority wants U.S. Supreme Court to allow recount to continue.
Dec. 9 – U.S. Supreme Court halts hand recounts.
Dec. 8 – Florida Supreme Court orders hand recount of "undervotes" and adds votes in two counties that were not included in certified total. Also, Leon County Circuit Court judges refuse to throw out absentee ballots in two counties.
Dec. 4 – U.S. Supreme Court asks Florida Supreme Court to clarify its Nov. 21 decision to extend deadlines and include hand recounts. Also, Leon County Circuit Court judge rejects request for manual recount and refuses to overturn certification of Bush as the winner.
Dec. 3 – Poll shows majority approves of U.S. Supreme Court getting involved in the election dispute.
Dec. 1 – Florida Supreme Court refuses Gore request for an immediate recount of disputed ballots and rejects a challenge to Palm Beach County's "butterfly ballot."
Nov. 28 – Leon County Circuit Court judge rejects Gore request for an immediate count of 13,000 disputed ballots.

Nov. 27 – Poll shows majority wants Gore to concede the election.

Nov. 26 – After court-mandated extension of deadline, vote is re-certified to include some new hand recounts, but not all from the four counties where Gore had requested them.
Bush Lead: 537 votes

Nov. 23 – Florida Supreme Court refuses Gore request to force Miami-Dade County to resume hand recounts.

Nov. 21 – Florida Supreme Court rules that secretary of state must include hand recounts in vote totals and sets a Nov. 26 deadline.

Nov. 18 – Overseas ballots are counted, widening Bush's margin over Gore.
Bush Lead: 930 votes

Nov. 17 – Florida Supreme Court tells secretary of state to hold off on certifying results until it can hear the case for hand recounts.

Nov. 16 – Poll shows majority wants Florida secretary of state to include hand recounts in the final vote total.

Nov. 14– Secretary of state certifies county totals that don't include hand recounts. Florida circuit judge rules that the secretary of state can enforce a 5 p.m. deadline.
Bush Lead: 300 votes

Nov. 13 – Miami district court refuses Bush request to stop hand recounts.

Nov. 12 – Poll shows public does not want court action.

Nov. 9 – Machine recount narrows Bush's lead over Gore.
Bush Lead: 327 votes

Nov. 8 – Original tally of election results.
Bush Lead: 1,784 votes

Nov. 7 – Election Day

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