DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Iowa's final tally shows President Bush defeated Democrat John Kerry by 10,059 votes, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday.
The final margin amounted to less than 1 percent of the 1.5 million ballots cast by Iowa voters in the 2004 presidential election. It is the second-closest margin in the nation -- behind Wisconsin -- proportional to its total votes. Iowa was one of four states where votes for Bush and Kerry differed by about 1 percentage point. The others were New Hampshire, where Kerry won by 9,171; New Mexico, where Bush won by 6,061 and Wisconsin, where Kerry won by 11,813, according to unofficial totals.
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader captured 5,973 votes in Iowa this year -- far fewer than the 29,374, or 2 percent, he received in 2000.
The Register obtained final results through a survey of 99 county auditors. The numbers were then verified with those submitted to state election officials. Iowa Democratic Secretary of State Chet Culver was to release final statewide results and voter turnout numbers at a news conference Wednesday. However, the numbers will remain unofficial until certified Nov. 29.