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|US Elections: London Can Make a Difference|
- Ex-pat votes vital in tightest poll in history
LONDON could have its biggest effect ever on the US elections as rival candidates go into today's poll for the presidency locked in a statistical dead heat.
With Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush both on around 47 per cent in eve of poll opinion polls, individual votes will carry premium value, not least those of the 70,000 American citizens who live in London. In the Kennedy-Nixon race in 1960, Kennedy won by a wafer thin 100,000 votes, and many pollsters say that this year's contest is likely to be closer still.
London's Yankee contingent have already cast their votes by post, with psephological experts indicating that the majority are likely to have made their marks next to the name of Bush. The main reason for this is that the bulk of Americans living in London hail from the privileged social layers usually associated with the Republicans.
Furthermore, Bush plans to slash the taxes paid by his country's elite and, while foreign based Americans are obliged to continue to pay US taxes, they are not in a position to make use of the marginally better funded social programmes backed by Gore.
Whoever wins, tonight's count will be used as an excuse for a big party, with leading lights of London's US community invited to a bash at the US Embassy on Grosvenor Square.