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By RAGHURAM VADAREVU
Published November 3, 2004
This time, key to presidency lies with Ohio
Martinez lead at just under 1 percent
Five judges on way to easily keeping seats
Justices' jobs appear safe, judging by early returns
Voters call it a draw in doctor-lawyer battle
Senate lead at just under 1 percent
Cantero, Bell easily hang onto seats
Coats easily beats former shock jock
Lines pose biggest problem for voters
Local roots, support boost Burke's victory
Pinellas Suncoast race close; fee hike fails
Voters approve higher tax to help Pinellas teachers, schools
Biggest voting gripe: long lines
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite was cruising to a second term Tuesday night, leading Democrat Robert G. Whittel in the race for Florida's 5th Congressional District seat.
With five of the eight counties in the district reporting, Brown-Waite, R-Crystal River, held a nearly 2-to-1 advantage over Whittel.
"It really is a great American dream," Brown-Waite said from her campaign headquarters in Spring Hill in Hernando County. "I grew up poor. I was the only one in my family to get a college education.
"We are going to work just as hard, touch as many lives as we did the first two years. One thing this office is known for is constituency services," she said, adding that she will use her seniority to "benefit my constituents."
Whittel, a Hernando County lawyer who spent Tuesday night at his home, said, "It was a good campaign. It was a good run. We had already called Ginny and wished her well. It's important now that everyone come together."
Whittel then thanked his supporters who helped him distribute campaign literature and posted signs in the district, which includes Citrus and Hernando counties and a portion of Pasco County.
"It's a wonderful thing for folks to help out," Whittel said. "Words can't express the gratitude."
Write-in candidate H. David Werder, who lives in Hernando County, was a distant third.
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