From same article: But the consortium, looking at a broader group of rejected ballots than those covered in the court decisions, 175,010 in all, found that Mr. Gore might have won if the courts had ordered a full statewide recount of all the rejected ballots. This also assumes that county canvassing boards would have reached the same conclusions about the disputed ballots that the consortium's independent observers did. The findings indicate that Mr. Gore might have eked out a victory if he had pursued in court a course like the one he publicly advocated when he called on the state to "count all the votes."
Interestingly, I was in favor from the beginning of a full statewide recount, realizing the PR debacle that would ensue: specifically Gore legally cherry picking counties to recount (Bush could have done the same but never filed to do so leading to some angst moments as the recount initially proceeded in the counties Gore filed in. Nonetheless, it was a photo finish and the photo was blurred. Here's what would ave provided Gore with the win without concern: he should have selected as VP the man I wanted him to choose - FL Sen. and former Gov. Bob Graham. THAT would have won the state for Gore easily by 25K - Graham was and is very popular in FL.