Bush, Gore Fight to Finish

“Arkansas is close,” Clinton asked the audience at a luncheon in Little Rock today. “The polls say we’re a couple of points behind. The people in this room could carry this state for Al Gore and Joe Lieberman if you want to bad enough.”

But Clinton, as he has done before, also implied that Gore has not campaigned effectively, even as the president made the case that Bush’s proposed tax cut would create a budget deficit, raise interest rates, and slow the nation’s economic growth.

“I’ve never heard this as clearly explained as I think it needs to be,” Clinton said.

A state-by-state ABCNEWS analysis showed 13 states still in play, representing 143 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.

Bush is well-positioned in 25 states accounting for 213 electoral votes, while Gore is leading in 12 states, plus Washington, D.C., totaling 182 votes.

—ABCNEWS’ John Berman and Dana Hill and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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