The Associated Press article headlined "Webb drops out of Democrats' race" [News, Oct. 21] omitted the whole story of how presidential candidate Al Gore lost Florida in 2000, thereby perpetuating a historical myth.

The article states that third-party candidate Ralph Nader "garnered enough liberal support in Florida to prevent Democrat Al Gore from carrying the state and winning the presidency."

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However, two investigations by news organizations concluded that Gore would have won the popular vote in Florida by several hundred votes had the recounting continued. Gore's lawyers failed to press for a statewide recount, instead choosing to focus a recount on only a few counties. This gave the U.S. Supreme Court the opening to deny a recount on the principle of equal protection.

It's unfortunate that a well-respected agency such as The AP would publish a story without including all the facts, and make it appear as though Nader's "liberal support" alone was responsible for giving us George W. Bush.

Gary Cronin, West Babylon