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November 8, 2000

Nelson takes Senate seat
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The Democrat wrests the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Connie Mack from the Republicans.
Election results

Thurman keeps District 5 seat
U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman cruised to a fifth consecutive term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bilirakis has big lead in District 9
U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs, appeared to be breezing to a 10th term representing U.S. House District 9.

C.W. Bill Young winning handily
Powerful Largo Republican C.W. Bill Young, who as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee steered millions of federal dollars to Pinellas County, easily bested a pair of little-known challengers Tuesday to win another term in Congress.

Davis wins third term
TAMPA -- Rep. Jim Davis, D-Tampa, handily won a third term in Congress Tuesday in what proved a breeze of a race.

Putnam takes early lead
State Rep. Adam Putnam held an early lead in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Charles Canady.

Incumbent Russell's win thinner than predicted
Incumbent David Russell, R-Brooksville, had a seemingly unbeatable lead over Democratic challenger Gregory Williams in the District 44 House of Representatives race Tuesday night.

GOP Rep. Miller is likely victor
Incumbent Republican Dan Miller appeared headed to a fifth, and most likely final, term in the U.S. House of Representatives after running ahead of Democratic challenger Daniel Dunn in the District 13 race.

Floridians keep right to elect judges
Floridians voted overwhelmingly to continue electing the state's more than 750 trial judges, soundly defeating a movement by the state's legal community to have the governor appoint them.

Gallagher coasts to victory and his old job
It wasn't his dream job, but that didn't dampen Tom Gallagher's enthusiasm Tuesday night as he coasted toward returning to the seat he held six years ago as state treasurer and insurance commissioner.

Republican Crist well on path to victory
Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg held a solid lead over Democrat George Sheldon on Tuesday in the race to become Florida's last elected commissioner of education.

Littlefield again defeats McLaughlin
Fundraising and name recognition factored into the loss, the challenger says.

Fasano, Fiorentino winning return trip
West Pasco's incumbent state representatives take solid leads as returns roll in.

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2nd District Court of Appeal

Henriquez holds strong lead
TAMPA -- Democrat Bob Henriquez was cruising to re-election Tuesday after two years in the Florida House -- and a week-long battle with chicken pox.

Murman headed for second term
TAMPA -- Republican State Rep. Sandra Murman on Tuesday took an early and commanding lead in her race for a second term against last-minute Democratic challenger Henry Gill.

Miller's hopes look to be affirmed
As returns rolled in Tuesday night, it looked as though Democrat Les Miller would best Republican Rudy Bradley for the state Senate 21 seat.

Miller overpowers former Democrat
The state Senate 21 race was an easy and early call.

Floridians keep right to elect judges
Floridians voted overwhelmingly to continue electing the state's more than 750 trial judges, soundly defeating a movement by the state's legal community to have the governor appoint them.

Newcomer battle ends with Republican Berfield as victor
CLEARWATER -- Keeping Florida House District 50 in the hands of a Republican, newcomer Kim Berfield whipped another political novice, Democrat Ava VanNahmen, in Tuesday's election.

Waters blocks Brennan challenge
Leslie Waters easily won a second term in the state House, defeating Mary Brennan, who had tried to reclaim the District 51 seat.

Crist has slight lead on Castor
TAMPA -- With Florida Republicans striving to retain their majority in the state Senate, GOP candidate Victor Crist took an early lead in his bruising battle against Democrat Kathy Castor for Senate District 13.

Race turns into nail-biter
TAMPA -- As morning approached, Republican Ed Homan and Democrat Sara Romeo remained tightly locked in the race for District 60 in the Florida House of Representatives.

Justice leading Kersteen by a comfortable margin
Hoping to return to the state capital, this time as a lawmaker, former state legislative aide Charlie Justice was leading St. Petersburg City Council member Bob Kersteen late Tuesday in the race for House District 53.

Republicans make gains in skirmish for 83 seats
TALLAHASSEE -- Republicans appeared to gain ground in the state Legislature Tuesday, despite a strong push from Democrats to claim open seats.

Bullet train heading for success
TALLAHASSEE -- In what may turn out to be the political sleeper of the election season, Florida voters on Tuesday were poised to order their government to spend billions to build a high-speed train network, starting in just three years.

Election roundup
Pasco County sheriff

Top stories
Physician admits patient brokering
The South Florida doctor owned companies that received fees for getting addicts and psychiatric patients into treatment centers.

2 parties nearly double the record for fundraising
TALLAHASSEE -- Record-breaking contributions fed Florida's Republican and Democratic party coffers this year.

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