Wednesday's must-reads

By Geraldine Sealey
Published October 27, 2004 1:11PM (EDT)

Washington Post: The election will probably be decided in 11 states where polls are too close to call. The Post analyzed data and found "no fewer than 33 combinations in which those 11 states could divide to produce a 269 to 269 electoral tie." An electoral college specialist tells the Post: "Let us hope for a wide victory by one of the two; the alternative is too awful to contemplate."

New York Times: Another frightening report for those desperately hoping to know who won the election by Nov. 3. The Times says a chadless sequel to Bush v. Gore is all too possible as thorny legal issues in swing states could toss the election to the courts again.

New York Times: A unit of U.S. soldiers that visited the al Qaqaa military complex the day after Baghdad fell did not search for the hundreds of tons of high explosives that went missing from the complex at some point last year. The commander of the unit tells the Times he didn't know the site was even considered sensitive until this week.

Los Angeles Times: Karl Rove take note -- evangelicals won't necessarily vote knee-jerk for Bush.

Orlando Sentinel: De ja vu all over again. Nearly 60,000 absentee ballots go missing in Broward County.

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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