On that point, CBS’ Heyward noted that in Florida “it would be extremely difficult to argue any impact on turnout” because all but 5.8 percent of the state’s precincts were closed when the call for Gore came at 7:50 p.m. ET — and the rest closed 10 minutes later.
Republicans have complained that the initial Florida call for Gore might have depressed voter turnout in California and elsewhere, tipping the balance in close House races and helping Gore to a lead in the national popular vote.
Meanwhile, the senior Democrat on the Commerce Committee, Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, has complained to Tauzin that no Democrats have been involved in the investigation. Of particular interest, he said, is the presence at Fox of a Bush cousin in a position to influence when the network called state results.
“If the work of this committee on this important inquiry is to have credibility, bipartisan cooperation is necessary,” Dingell said.
The Associated Press and ABCNEWS contributed to this report