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From AJR,   December 2000

Cliché Corner   

Election Edition

By Lori Robertson
Lori Robertson (, a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.      

"DOWN TO THE WIRE" beats "Razor-thin," 339 to 191

"Tense contests everywhere went down to the wire ."
(Boston Globe)

"With the presidential race coming down to the wire and deadlines looming, many papers, including the Post-Dispatch, went to bed prematurely declaring George W. Bush the winner...."
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

"Political heavyweights lend their assistance as the race goes down to the wire for the 12th Congressional District seat."
(Tampa Tribune)

"With the nation peering over their shoulders Wednesday, officials in Florida began recounting ballots--checking and rechecking Republican George W. Bush's razor-thin statewide margin over Democrat Al Gore."
(Dallas Morning News)

"And Republicans would have, at most, a razor-thin majority in Congress."
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

"In the end, any possibility of a split verdict depends on a razor-thin popular vote total, most experts agree."
(Los Angeles Times)

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