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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000
TAMPA -- Rep. Jim Davis, D-Tampa, handily won a third term in Congress Tuesday in what proved a breeze of a race.
Davis, 42, beat Libertarian Charlie Westlake by a wide margin. Write-in candidate Kay M. Sauer trailed far behind.
"I'm pleased folks are satisfied, but you know what? My job starts tomorrow," Davis said at Valencia Garden restaurant near downtown, where he held his victory party. He has a flight back to Washington tonight.
Westlake acknowledged that things looked grim, but would not concede.
"Looks like he's skunking me, huh?" said Westlake at 10:15 p.m. "But I think that's more the urban returns. I'm hoping when the suburban returns come in, hopefully I'll come way up in the vote totals." Westlake, a 42-year-old life insurance agent, spoke from his campaign office on W Hillsborough Avenue.
Davis bills himself as a moderate "new Democrat" and says balancing the budget is his highest priority. He is a member of the House Budget Committee.
A Tampa native, Davis practiced law before serving four terms in the Florida House of Representatives and two years as House majority leader.