Harris, Baker Praise Judge's Ruling on Recounts

Justin Torres | July 7, 2008 | 8:27pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris says that she "anticipates receiving the certification of overseas absentee ballots from all counties by noon tomorrow" - which she says will decide who wins Florida's 25 electoral votes.

Harris added that she was "pleased that the courts have upheld my right to exercise the duties assigned by law to the office of Secretary of State."

Earlier today, federal judge Terry Lewis upheld Harris' broad discretion over certifying Florida's presidential votes.

Bush advisor James Baker read a brief statement Friday morning at 11:02 a.m. EST, saying he had just spoken to Gov. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, whom he described as "understandably pleased with Judge Lewis's opinion."

Baker continued, "The rule of law has prevailed. The court applied the rule of law objectively and fairly, upholding as the judge's opinion states, the 'reasoned judgment' of the Secretary of State and the State Election Commission's certification of results on November 15."

"We now look forward to the prompt counting and reporting of the limited number of uncounted overseas absentee ballots, so that the process of achieving a final result to the election in Florida is not subject to further delays," Baker added.

Read Lewis' Ruling

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