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Election 2000: Nader Effect Impacts FloridaAired November 8, 2000 - 11:36 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: It's hard to tell how many, but if you look within the state of Florida, where things are so close, where a recount will be underway, you can see that there has been a Nader effect.
With more on that, let's bring in our Jeanne Meserve, who is covering this campaign from Austin, Texas, and Bush headquarters.
Jeanne, you keep plugging away, hang in there, lady, good morning again.
JEANNE MESERVE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And it is cold here, Daryn. You wouldn't think so in Texas, but it's freezing.
The Bush campaign was always quite happy to see Ralph Nader in this race. That's who they thought gave them a crack at states like Washington and Oregon -- Oregon is still undecided -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine. As it turns out, all of those states, except the undecided Oregon did go Gore's way, but you pointed out a question, and the press conference pointed it out: Look at Florida?
We have right now Al Gore behind by 1,785 votes. Ralph Nader in that state got two percent. That's something like 96,698 votes. Would 2,000 or so of those Nader votes have gone to Gore? One can't say definitively, but one could speculate along those lines -- Daryn.
KAGAN: Jeanne Meserve in Austin, Texas, and just add to that, Jeanne, from our exit polls, we were able to ask Nader voters across the country, if -- or actually who -- they would vote for if Ralph Nader was not on the ballot. About half of those Green Party voters said they would indeed vote for Al Gore.
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