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Bush, Kerry Locked in Tight Race  - 2004-11-03

President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry are locked in a tight presidential election, with the race extremely close in several states that will decide the contest.

In the popular vote, Mr. Bush is leading 51 percent to Mr. Kerry's 48 percent, but the winner will be decided by the number of electoral votes.

So far, exit polls give Mr. Bush 246 electoral votes, including those in the battleground state of Florida. Mr. Kerry is behind with 206 electoral votes, with projected wins in California and Pennsylvania. To win the election, a candidate must receive at least 270 of the 538 total electoral votes.

The races in a number of states are too close to call, including the populous battleground state of Ohio.

Exit polls indicate Mr. Bush is the winner in 26 states, mainly in the South and West. Mr. Kerry is the projected winner in 14 states in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast along with Washington, DC.

Turnout was reported heavy as voters finally declared their choice for president after a long and heated campaign focused on the war on terrorism, Iraq and the economy.