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Florida races

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

Pinellas County

  • Incumbent Crow slightly ahead
    PALM HARBOR -- State Rep. Larry Crow was leading a close race against Democratic challenger Sue Humphreys Tuesday night.
  • Farkas soundly beats Fischer
    The two perennial foes waged a ferocious and expensive campaign.
  • One race won by landslide, another by a single vote
    INDIAN ROCKS -- The Pinellas Suncoast Fire District, which serves several mid-Pinellas beach and adjacent mainland communities, saw two very different elections Tuesday, with one seat won by a single vote and the other won in a landslide.
  • Lealman heads toward fire tax
    LEALMAN -- With most of the ballots counted, voters approved by a 3-to-2 ratio a proposal allowing the fire commission Board of Commissioners to set tax rates in the Lealman Special Fire Control District.
  • Bobel, Dedman win approval
    EAST LAKE -- With all votes counted, Dan Bobel narrowly defeated incumbent Chuck Schult for Seat 2 on the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District board of commissioners, while former fire commissioner Chuck Dedman beat Rondi Hosking in the race for Seat 4.
  • All changes to charter pass voters' muster
    Voters approved three changes to Pinellas County's charter Tuesday.
  • Peluso, Henry lead pack of 5 candidates
    PALM HARBOR -- Ken Peluso held a slim lead over four opponents late Tuesday in a race to replace Palm Harbor Fire Commissioner Ronald Gibson, who died earlier this year.
  • Incumbent strides ahead of newcomer
    PALM HARBOR -- Republican Gus Bilirakis held an imposing lead Tuesday night over an independent challenger in his attempt to win a second term as the representative from House District 48.
  • Pinellas commission now full
    Ken Welch, John Morroni and Bob Stewart win seats after fairly uneventful races.

Hillsborough County

  • Democrats bustle to get the vote out
    An army of volunteers is unleashed to phone voters, ferry others to the polls and wave signs to get the attention of passers-by.
  • Term limits prevailing
    Voters seemed adamant about keeping the limits they imposed in 1983 on incumbent mayors and council members.
  • Results mixed on city amendments
    TAMPA -- Voters on Tuesday appeared to overwhelmingly reject an amendment that would have empowered the city's director of finance to shift funds of less than $25,000 between city accounts without the approval of the City Council.
  • Foster breaks ahead, takes lead over Baldwin
    TAMPA -- As results trickled slowly in Tuesday night, longtime lawyer Robert Foster Jr. pulled slightly ahead of former prosecutor Leland Baldwin in a hard-fought battle for a circuit court seat.
  • 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.
  • Voters favor most amendments
    TAMPA -- Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have empowered the city's director of finance to shift funds of less than $25,000 between city accounts without the approval of the City Council.
  • Ake appears on his way to keep tenure unbroken
    TAMPA -- Historically, the job of Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court hasn't exactly sparked political fireworks. In fact, incumbent Richard Ake faced no opponent at all since 1986 -- until this year, when certified public accountant Bart Siegel said he hoped to "stir things up" and announced he was running.
  • Iorio builds her solid lead on record
    TAMPA -- Pam Iorio's efforts to modernize the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Office appeared to have paid off Tuesday night as she held a commanding lead with about 25 percent of the vote counted.
  • Republicans may reign in commission
    TAMPA -- Republicans appeared poised to take control of the County Commission Tuesday with an upset win by Republican newcomer Stacey Lyn Easterling, who attacked her Democratic opponent for raising thousands of dollars from developers.
  • Holt closing in on a third term
    TAMPA -- With two-thirds of the precincts counted, Julianne Holt held a comfortable lead over Republican challenger Alan Sandler in the race for public defender Tuesday night.
  • Byrd dominating in bid for third term
    TAMPA -- Plant City attorney Johnnie Byrd appeared headed to an easy victory Tuesday night and a third term as representative for state House District 62.
  • Ober poised in attorney race
    TAMPA -- Republican Mark Ober appeared headed to victory Tuesday night over Democrat Robert Shimberg in the closely watched race for Hillsborough State Attorney that was jolted by Harry Lee Coe's suicide in July.
  • Wallace jumps to early lead over his challenger
    TAMPA -- In early returns, incumbent Republican Rob Wallace jumped out to a lead over Democratic challenger Monte Belote for the state District 47 House seat.
  • Incumbent trails in four-way race
    LUTZ -- Newcomers led the four-way race early Tuesday night for the board of supervisors of the Cheval West Community Development District.
  • Two incumbents, Miller leading
    TAMPA PALMS -- The bid for the three open seats on the Tampa Palms Community Development District board of supervisors remained close early Tuesday night.

Pasco County

  • Altman holds slim lead
    The two men had waged a gentleman's campaign for much of the election season, a distinction Altman said ended in the last week.
  • Challenger upsets incumbent Cannon
    The sheriff is not ready to concede defeat by press time. But he blames his showing on out-of-county Republicans working to oust him.
  • Second run is the charm for Schrader
    DADE CITY -- San Antonio Republican businessman Ted Schrader, in his second bid for the District 1 County Commission seat, headed for a comfortable victory Tuesday over Democratic opponent Charlotte Kiefer.
  • Johnson captures Meadow Pointe post
    WESLEY CHAPEL -- In the first ever electoral battle in Wesley Chapel's Meadow Pointe neighborhood, Air Force beat Army.

Hernando County

  • Bernardini bests longtime adversary
    BROOKSVILLE -- Former Mayor Joe Bernardini was returned to the Brooksville City Council on Tuesday, decisively beating one of the leaders of the movement that ousted him six years ago, Pat Brayton.
  • Sikes will succeed her sister upon retirement
    BROOKSVILLE -- Democrat Juanita Sikes will succeed her sister as Hernando County tax collector.
  • Experienced teacher wins out over mom
    BROOKSVILLE -- Gail Coleman, who taught in Hernando County schools for 91/2 years and served on the School Board for four years, was restored to the office she left in 1996 with an overwhelming victory Tuesday.
  • Williams captures historic win
    BROOKSVILLE -- In the end, more than two decades of experience trumped a newcomer in the race for Hernando County supervisor of elections, providing Hernando with the first African-American to win countywide office.
  • Early tally: Andrews first, Martin second, Hollander third
    SPRING HILL -- Dennis Andrews, Richard Martin and Jeff Hollander took an early lead Tuesday night in the race to fill three open seats on the Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission.
  • Democrats take over the board
    BROOKSVILLE -- Democrats swept into the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday, leaving the policymaking board without a Republican member despite a 3,000-person GOP majority among registered voters.
  • Big ticket polls' big draw
    Many say the presidential election pulled them to the voting booth. Others say the issues are most important.

Citrus County

 

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