COLUMBUS (AP) -- Democrat John Kerry picked up 176 votes after a statewide recount of the presidential vote in Ohio, but President Bush still captured the state in the official recount tally announced Friday.
Bush defeated Kerry by 118,599 votes in the certified recount total, according to Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell's office.
The Republican led by 118,775 after the official certification Dec. 6.
Ohio and its 20 electoral votes tipped the race to President Bush when Kerry conceded the morning after the Nov. 2 vote.
Some Democrats and political activists have attacked the recount, saying counties did not follow uniform standards and that authorities need to investigate voting irregularities in Ohio.
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, led a rare challenge of the state's election results in Congress on Thursday, while Ohio voters stood outside the Capitol protesting the vote.
Lawmakers voted down the challenge, tallied the electoral votes and gave Bush a 286-251 victory.