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The Associated PressNovember 6, 2004 

Bush's win in Iowa finalizes the election

President Bush added a state to his victory column by winning Iowa on Friday.

As county officials tabulated absentee and provisional ballots, totals showed Bush with 745,980 votes to Sen. John Kerry's 732,764. The number still to be counted was too small to change the outcome.

Not that Iowa's seven electoral votes mattered to Bush's overall victory -- winning Ohio on Wednesday gave him the 270 electoral votes necessary for a second term. With all 50 states decided, Bush finished with 286 electoral votes and Kerry 252.

Machine error gives Bush extra votes

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Bush's total should have been recorded as 365.

Bush won the state by more than 136,000 votes, according to unofficial results, and Kerry conceded the election Wednesday after saying that 155,000 provisional ballots yet to be counted in Ohio would not change the result.

Deducting the erroneous Bush votes from his total could not change the election's outcome, and there were no signs of other errors in Ohio's electronic machines, said Carlo LoParo, spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.

Shape up image, Clinton tells Dems

NEW YORK -- Former President Clinton has a message for Democrats inconsolable after President Bush's re-election: Buck up and improve your image.

"This election presents a great opportunity for President Bush and a great opportunity for Democrats, and the two are not necessarily in conflict," Clinton said in his first public remarks since Democratic Sen. John Kerry's defeat Tuesday.

In his speech Friday to the Urban Land Institute, Clinton attributed Kerry's loss to the Democrats' failure to counter how Republicans portrayed them to rural and small-town voters.

Democrats "need a clear national message, and they have to do this without one big advantage the Republicans have, which is they won't have a theological message that basically paints the other guy as evil."

VOTER VOICES

"It's really good to know our country had a decision to make and there are so many people who feel this way. It's a victory for people like us." -- Bush supporter Cary Leslie, 29, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio

"If I happened to be on a tranquilizer or Prozac, I would have to triple my dose." -- Kerry supporter Sam Feldman, 75, of Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

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