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Election 2004

Justices' jobs appear safe, judging by early returns

By WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE
Published November 3, 2004

Precinct-by-precinct

THE PRESIDENCY
This time, key to presidency lies with Ohio

THE SENATE
Martinez lead at just under 1 percent

THE STATE
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

TAMPA BAY
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

PASCO
Pasco pulls off smooth election
Kurt Browning bests Bergy
Fiorentino secures job after tough quest
Incumbent Hildebrand sails to sixth term
Jack Mariano upsets Peter Altman

HERNANDO
Voters pack polls with vigor
Fagan leads decisively, vows to seek consensus
Nugent 'thrilled' as he heads to easy win
Precincts experience only minor problems
Pugh cruises in 1 race; recount likely in other
In Hernando: experience, Democrats

CITRUS
Fervor, dignity meet at polls
Spivey charges past Takac for seat on bench
2 incumbents win, another defeated by former chief

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Two Florida Supreme Court justices were poised to easily retain their seats after Tuesday's election, early returns showed.

Justices Kenneth Bell and Raoul Cantero III, both appointed to the high court by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002, would keep their seats for a six-year term in the merit retention vote. The vote is nonpartisan and the judges face no opposition.

No Supreme Court or District Court of Appeal judge has ever been voted out in a merit retention vote.

Bell, 48, a seventh-generation native of Pensacola, is the only judge on the high court with experience as a trial judge. In 1991, Bell became the youngest circuit judge ever in the First Judicial Circuit.

In his application for the Supreme Court, Bell noted that the courts "must recognize their role as the "weakest branch of government' and pay due deference to the legislative and executive branches."

Cantero, 44, was the chief of the appellate division for the law firm of Adorno & Yoss in Miami before his appointment to the court.

Cantero, grandson of former Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, was born in Spain to Cuban parents and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

[Last modified November 2, 2004, 22:49:10]


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