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A distressed-looking Rove protested on the air Tuesday night to FNC anchors Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly that the call for Ohio was premature because fewer than 1,000 votes separated Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, with about a quarter of the vote yet to be counted.

Kelly left the anchor desk and strode through FNC's corridors to a conference room that held what she termed the "Fox Decision Desk," which was making the channel's election calls.

Kelly was assured by those heading the desk that they stood by their math and the call.

Rove took the news calmly, but pointed out that he was particularly sensitive to the issue because of the disputed Florida outcome in the 2000 Bush-Gore race.