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October 31, 2004
Supreme Court Orders Polling Halt, Names Bush Winner
by Scott Ott

(2004-10-31) -- The U.S. Supreme Court this morning ordered all pre-election polling halted and declared George W. Bush the favorite to win, if the election were held today.

Democrat presidential candidate John Forbes Kerry immediately denounced the ruling but said he respected the court "as an institution as much as I respect the teachings of the Roman Catholic church."

A spokesman for the Bush-Cheney campaign said the court's decision was "tantamount to a popularity mandate, spurring the president to continue to act as if he were going to win."

The 5-4 court decision was within the margin of error.

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