Election Live Blog

Keith Perry ahead in state representative race

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Republican Keith Perry has received about 55 percent of the vote in the race for the District 21 seat in the Florida State House of Representatives, according to results from the Florida Election Watch.

Andrew Morey, the Democratic candidate, had about 44 percent of the vote, as of 9:30 p.m.

Perry recently received attention for featuring Albert the Alligator, the University of Florida mascot, in his political advertisements. The University Athletic Association requested that the campaign discontinue use of the ad.

 

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Big leads in Marion County races

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

With 80 percent of the precincts reported, the following candidates in Marion County appear to be winning their races:

  • Republican Chris Blair has 72 percent of the vote in the sheriff race.
  • Republican George Tomyn has 58 percent of the vote for school superintendent.
  • Republican Wesley Wilcox has 59 percent of the vote in the race for supervisor of elections.
  • Republican Earl Arnett has 55 percent of the vote for the commission district five seat.
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Nugent wins U.S. House District 11

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Florida’s Supervisor of Elections  is reporting Republican candidate Richard Nugent, with 64 percent of the vote, as the winner of the House of Representatives seat in Florida’s District 11.

Nugent defeated Democrat David Werder for the seat.

Because of district boundaries changing, the current representative for District 11, Democrat Kathy Castor, ran for a seat in Florida’s District 14.

District 11 includes Tampa, St Petersburg, Pinellas and Hillsborough.

 

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Nelson wins third term in U.S. Senate

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Kelsey Meany / WUFT News

Sen. Bill Nelson speaks at UF Oct. 24.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, was re-elected over Republican candidate Connie Mack Jr., the Associated Press reported.

Nelson won 54 percent of the vote.

Mack, 45, a four-term congressman from Fort Myers, took 43 percent.

Nelson, 70, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 when he replaced Mack’s father, Connie Mack III.

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37 of 39 precincts reported in Putnam County

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

According to the Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, 37 of its 39 precincts have reported unofficial election results. Mitt Romeny is currently leading in the county with 17,963 votes.

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Hukill leads in District 8 state Senate race

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Republican state Senate hopeful Dorothy L. Hukill is leading Democract Frank T. Bruno Jr. by 14 percent.

Hukill has received 91,459 votes while Bruno has received 68,984, according to a 2012 Florida Election Watch live feed.

 

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Amendments 2, 9, 11 still leading

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Amendments 2, 9 and 11 still hold more than 60 percent of the votes on their respective measures, as of 9:15 p.m., 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.

Amendment 2 was supported by 62.51 percent of more than 6 million ballots cast and 37.49 percent opposed the proposal.

Disabled veterans who weren’t Florida residents before enlisting could qualify for a property tax discount under Amendment 2. The legislature proposed this as an amendment to the state constitution as a long-term solution. Some argue tax breaks should be placed in the tax code, though.

Of more than 6 million votes cast, 61.02 percent of Amendment 9 voters supported the measure but 38.98 percent opposed it.

Amendment 9 proposes a full property tax exemption be given to living spouses of military veterans who died while on active duty and first responders who died on the job.

Amendment 11 supporters numbered 60.43 percent and its opponents constituted 39.57 percent of votes cast.

Low-income seniors who have lived in the same house for more than 25 years would qualify for another local property tax exemption under Amendment 11.

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Bradley wins Florida Senate District 7 seat

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

Rob Bradley has won the seat for Florida Senate District 7 with 122, 119 votes, according to Florida Election Watch.  Bradley won Clay and Bradford counties. His opponent, William Mazzota, won Alachua county. Mazzota had 88,631 votes total in all 3 district 7 counties.

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Arnett leads Marion commission race

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Republican Earl Arnett has 55 percent of the vote in the race for the Marion County Commission District 5 seat.

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Florida judges win retention

By on November 6th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Three state Supreme Court justices have won retention, overcoming a Republican bid to oust them, the Associated Press reported.

Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince each led about 67 percent to 33 percent Tuesday with more than half the expected vote counted, according to the AP.

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