Election Live Blog

Connell, Johnson, Tallman lead in Union

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm

A Democrat-heavy county, Union has reported the following numbers in its key races:

  • Republican Kellie Hendricks Connell leads Democrat Pat Cunningham in the county’s clerk of the circuit court race, 53 percent to 47 percent.
  • Democrat Lisa B. Johnson leads Republican Chris Mecusker in the county’s tax collector race with 74 percent of the vote.
  • Democrat incumbent James “Jimmy” Tallman leads independent Doyle E. Williams in the county’s District 3 county commissioner race with 68 percent of the vote.
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Williams, Nash, Frisina leads in Columbia

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm

The Supervisor of Elections Office for Columbia County has released numbers on county commissioner elections.

Incumbent Ronald Williams leads in District 1 with 54 percent of the vote over Oni Allen.

For District 3 Bucky Nash leads with 58 percent of votes over Mike Gordon.

In District 5, incumbent Scarlett Frisina leads with 53 percent over Tim Murphy.

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Only three Florida amendments likely to pass

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

As of 10:15 p.m., only Amendments 2, 9 and 11 still claimed more than 60 percent of the votes on their respective measures, according to the Florida Department of State Division of Elections.

Sixty percent of votes cast for a measure are required for a Florida state constitution amendment to pass.

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Gilchrist County reports unofficial results

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

A Republican-heavy county, Gilchrist has reported the following numbers in its key races:

  • Republican Todd Newton leads Democrat Susan Owens in the county’s clerk of the circuit court race, 60 percent to 40 percent.
  • Democrat Barbara Merritt leads Republican Tommy Langford in the county’s tax collector race with 54 percent of the vote.
  • Republican Rob Rankin leads Democrat Christie L. McElroy in the county’s superintendent of schools race with 54 percent of the vote.
  • Democrat incumbent Sharon Akins Langford leads independent Rosemary B. McDaniel in the county’s District 1 board of county commissioner race with 71 percent of the vote.
  • Republican Todd Gray leads Democrat James Shepherd and independent Rodney W. Brown in the county’s District 3 board of county commissioner race with 62 percent of the vote.
  • Democrat John Rance Thomas leads Republican Marion C. Poitevint in the county’s District 4 board of county commissioner race with 52 percent of the vote.
  • With about 5,000 votes counted, Republican Robert C. Roux Jr. leads Democrat Robert (Bobby) Schultz in the county’s sheriff race by 43 votes.
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Marion finishes counting, goes red

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Donna Green-Townsend / WUFT News

WUFT-FM's Nick Swain speaks with Marion County Commission District 3 winner Stan McClain.

More than 162,000 people, 72 percent of registered voters, cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. All precincts have reported results, and the following candidates appear to have won their races:

  • Republican Chris Blair had 72 percent of the vote in the sheriff race. Blair ran against Bernie DeCastro, a member of the Constitutional Party of Florida. DeCastro received 26 percent of the vote.
  • Republican George Tomyn had 58 percent of the vote for school superintendent. His opponent, Democrat Diana Greene, had 46 percent of the vote.
  • Republican Wesley Wilcox received 59 percent of the vote in the race for supervisor of elections. Democrat Judge Cochran had 41 percent of the vote.
  • Republican Earl Arnett had 55 percent of the vote for the commission district 5 seat. Jessica Hadley, a Democrat, had 45 percent of the vote.

Voters rejected the hospital referendum with 57 percent of the vote.

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Finnell ahead in Columbia County school board race

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Stephanie Finnell, who is running against opponent Bill Gootee, has 57 percent of votes for school board District 5.

Former sheriff Gootee has 43 percent of votes, according the supervisor of elections for the county.

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Columbia school superintendent race close

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Candidates Glenn Hunter and Terry Huddleston are in a close race.

Hunter currently has 51 percent of the vote and Huddleston with 49 percent, according to the Columbia County supervisor of elections.

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Mitt Romney wins Putnam County

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

According to the Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, Mitt Romney has won Putnam County with 18,458 votes. President Obama had 11,081 votes. The voter turnout for Putnam County was 68.96 percent.

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Alachua County finishes vote count, federal counts mostly blue

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Alachua County has finished tallying its 63 precincts, according to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website.

At the federal level, registered voters mostly chose to re-elect Democratic incumbents over their Republican challengers.

In the presidential race, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney with 58 percent of the vote.

Bill Nelson beat Connie Mack for U.S. Senate with 62 percent of the vote, and Corrine Brown overtook LeAnne Kolb with 77 percent of the vote for a U.S. congressional seat.

Nelson and Brown were declared winners overall.

However, Ted Yoho, who unseated incumbent U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns in the August Republican primary, took 50 percent of the vote.

His Democratic opponent, J.R. Gaillot, received 47 percent of the vote.

Yoho was declared the winner overall.

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Alachua County says no to road surtax, yes to school tax renewal

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Registered Alachua County voters chose to renew a property tax for local schools. The measure passed with 68 percent of the vote.

The one-mil tax supplements state support for local schools and existing local property taxes dedicated to K-12 schools in Alachua County.

Voters said no to levying  a sales surtax to pay for road repairs by 67 percent.

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