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Political Notebook

Florida presidential race too close to call

NEW YORK — The presidential race in Florida remains too close to call, as election officials across the state continue to verify results from election night. President Obama currently leads in the count by 50,767 votes, or 0.61 percent of the total counted.

State law mandates an automatic machine recount of all ballots if the final margin between the top two candidates is less than 0.5 percent of total votes cast. County election officials have until noon Saturday to submit the canvass of their unofficial results to the secretary of state, who would order the recount if required, unless the losing candidate asked in writing that it not be conducted.

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