ACROSS Swing voters really struggled (6) Lucille returned to vote (6) Lover confused by Associated Press coverage (7) Like a kitschy party whip heading west to Kentucky (5) Lost a seat, perhaps (2,3) Republican tenants save quote (7) Nominee certainly may, and did, put away the dishes? (9) Excited Gore fan, almost completely exhausted (3,4) Hear ordinary jet (5) Spin doctor's concern: I'm stale (5) Bush initially happy to be included in slate (7) Raises before courts (6) Political helpers accommodating small digressions (6) DOWN Work hard on an election motto (6) Rushes auditions for the audience (5) I'll cut into worthless opponent? (7) Fun going against conservative (5) Queen Elizabeth interrupts uncle swimming Swiss lake (7) Secret meetings test the patience of saints (6) November election winner passing citizen (9) Gore harasser seized by anxiety (7) Employs one in computers (7) Leaving secure government position (6) Positions new arrivals for the audience (6) In the public view...
ACROSS: 1 STROVE (anag.); 4 BALL + OT ( to rev.); 8 OVERL + AP ( lover anag.); 10 TAC + KY ( cat rev.); 11 AT SEA (anag.); 12 EXCE(R)PT; 13 CAN + DID + ATE; 17 FAR GONE (anag.); 19 PLANE ( plain hom.); 21 I'M + AGE; 22 T(H)ICKET; 23 ERE + CTS; 24 A(S)IDES
DOWN: 1 SLOG + AN; 2 REEDS ( reads hom.); 3 V(I'LL)AIN; 5 ANTI + C; 6 LUC(ER)NE ( uncle anag.); 7 TRY + STS; 9 P + RESIDENT; 13 CAR(NAG)E; 14 APPL(I)ES; 15 OFF + ICE; 16 BERTHS ( births hom.); 18 OVER + T; 20 A + SKED
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