too close to call


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too close to call

Too close of a competition to identify a clear winner. This one is going to be too close to call—it's a photo finish! Right now the election is still too close to call.
See also: call, close

too close to call

Resulting in too narrow a margin to make a decision, as in That ball didn't miss by much but it was too close to call, or The election was too close to call, so they decided to have a runoff. This expression comes from sports, where call has signified "a judgment" since the mid-1600s. In the 1960s it began to be applied to pre-election polls and then to the outcome of elections.
See also: call, close

too close to call

COMMON If a contest is too close to call, it is impossible to say who will win, because the opponents seem equally good or equally popular. The presidential race is too close to call. Exit polls in Britain say that today's parliamentary election was too close to call.
See also: call, close

too close to call

(of a contest, race, etc.) so evenly balanced that it is impossible to predict the outcome with confidence. informal
See also: call, close
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The state of Florida is too close to call," Gore said, citing new data showing that instead of 50,000 votes, Bush's lead had dwindled to 1,200 votes, or less than one 30th of one percent of the 5.
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Bush and Democrat Al Gore, pundits said the contest was too close to call.