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  Bush re-elected president of US
Updated 03 November 2004, 20.33
John Kerry and George W Bush
George W Bush has thanked the American public for re-electing him as the country's president.

He scored a close victory over his challenger John Kerry, with the state of Ohio deciding the contest.

"America has spoken and I am humbled by the trust and confidence of my fellow citizens," Mr Bush said.

Earlier, Mr Kerry had admitted defeat, saying he knew he would not be the winner once the votes were counted. Mr Bush will serve for another four years.

People queuing to vote
People queuing to vote

Around 120 million Americans turned out to vote.

In his speech, Mr Kerry called for the country to unite and "begin the healing".

Praise

Mr Bush praised his challenger, saying: He waged a spirited campaign and he and his supporters can be proud of their efforts."



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