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Election Recap: Obama wins; Yoho, Nugent to DC; Nelson, Brown retain seats

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WUFT's Dana Winter speaks with Marion County District 1 County Commissioner David Moore (R) at the Elk's Lodge in Marion County Tuesday night.

Preliminary results are in for many of the races for local and national office.

Check in today with WUFT News on air and online for more on the races and what happens now.

Nationally, President Barack Obama appears to have won re-election, with 303 electoral college votes looking to fall in his favor, surpassing the 270 needed for election. Florida is the only state that has not been called, with the margin between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney down to 46,666 votes with 8,307,749 votes reported. That is a margin of less than 1 percent in Obama’s favor.

Republicans are expected to retain control of the House of Representatives and Democrats are expected to retain control of the Senate, including picking up at least one seat. Two senate races are still too close to call.

Democratic incumbents Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Corrine Brown (District 3) both appear to have survived challenges for their seats.

Locally, Republican candidates were more often the victors, including sweeps in Levy County. Two North Central Florida U.S. House districts were won by Republicans in districts 3 (Ted Yoho) and 11 (Richard Nugent). Keith Perry won a second term in the Florida house in his new district.

Only three of the 11 proposals to amend the Florida constitution appear to have received more than the requisite 60 percent of the vote. The successful amendments call for homestead tax relief for veterans (2) and surviving spouses (9), and seniors (11).

Catch up on all of Tuesday’s races and results as they happened on WUFT News’s Election Night Live Blog.

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