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By Times Staff Writer
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
TAMPA - Political newcomer Anthony "Trey" Traviesa appeared headed for an easy victory over write-in candidate Cornelius "Neil" Cosentino for the State House District 56 seat.
Early returns had Traviesa with 97 percent of the vote, with 3 percent for Cosentino.
Traviesa, a former banker and venture capitalist who lives in south Tampa, hinged his campaign on using his business experience to make government run more efficiently. He holds a master's degree in business administration from University of Texas at Austin.
He'll represent a district that takes in parts of South Tampa, the port, suburban Brandon and quickly disappearing rural areas around FishHawk Ranch.
Traviesa, 34, defeated five opponents in the Republican primary election, including two with substantial political experience. Cosentino filed to run for office at the last minute, saying he didn't want the Republican candidate to go unchallenged in the general election.
Traviesa is a fourth-generation Floridian whose parents are Democrats. His great-grandmother worked in a cigar factory in Ybor City.
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