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By CURTIS KRUEGER
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. Michael Bilirakis easily glided back into office Tuesday with a commanding lead over write-in candidate Andrew Pasayan of Holiday.
Bilirakis, vice chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, had campaigned by touting his legislation to increase benefits for disabled veterans, his sponsorship of a bill designed to facilitate organ donation and his work on a new Medicare prescription drug benefit. Pasayan, 86, a security guard, said he wanted Americans to consume less tobacco, pork and beef.
Bilirakis, 74, R-Tarpon Springs, has served in Congress since 1982 and says his new term will be his last. He represents House District 9, which includes portions of western Pasco, northern Pinellas and northern and eastern Hillsborough counties.
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