Campaign '04: The Florida of 2004?

If voters in Colorado decide to divide their electoral votes, we may have another contested election

HERE'S THE NIGHTMARE scenario: it's Nov. 3, the morning after the presidential election, and there is no winner. In a case of déjà vu, the electoral vote is close and in dispute, and neither the Democratic nor Republican candidate will concede defeat. Both dispatch planes stuffed with lawyers to squabble over the results. But this time the jets are heading not to Florida but to Colorado, because the state has awarded five electoral votes to one contender and four to the other.

This story line is not farfetched. When the nation goes to the polls Nov. 2, Coloradans will also vote...

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