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St. Petersburg Times Newcomer beats longtime incumbent Crozier for Largo commission seat

According to unofficial results, Holck narrowly defeated Crozier by 235 votes: 10,400 or about 50.5 percent of the vote to Crozier's 10,165 votes, or about 49.5 percent.

St. Petersburg Times Hernando Republican Party chairman runs up big lead on challenger in state House 35 race

BROOKSVILLE — The leader of Hernando County's Republican Party, Blaise Ingoglia, was headed for an easy victory Tuesday night in the race for the District 35 state House seat.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist in early returns

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has a slim lead over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in early voting returns in Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Republicans likely to win super-majority in Florida House

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Republicans seemed poised to reclaim a super-majority in the state House of Representatives, early elections results showed.

St. Petersburg Times Hatcher headed to victory in 5th Circuit judge's race

Mary Hatcher built a strong lead over Denise Dymond Lyn on Tuesday in the race to become the Group 3 circuit judge in the 5th Judicial Circuit.

St. Petersburg Times Gerard, Eggers prevail in Pinellas County Commission races

After a hard-fought race went down to the wire Tuesday night, it appears the Pinellas County Commission will have a Democratic majority for the first time in decades.

St. Petersburg Times Nugent claims easy victory in U.S. House District 11 race

Republican incumbent Rep. Rich Nugent cruised to an easy victory Tuesday over Democratic challenger David Koller in the race for the District 11 seat of the U.S. House of Representatives.

St. Petersburg Times Seminole goes for familiar faces in council race

SEMINOLE — Voters here went with two familiar faces, according to unofficial election results.

St. Petersburg Times Greenlight Pinellas doing poorly in early results

Greenlight Pinellas, the transit plan that sparked one of the fiercest political battles in the county's history, appears on the brink of failure.

St. Petersburg Times Polling places see a steady stream of voters as doors open at 7 a.m.

A steady stream of voters, most trying to hit the polls before work, showed up at the Greater Mt. Zion AME church just south of Tropicana Field early this morning.

St. Petersburg Times Streams of checks from big donors break records in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — It's now official: This year's state elections are not only the costliest in Florida history, but are also the nation's most expensive.

St. Petersburg Times Adam C. Smith: 4 lessons from Florida's nasty, record-setting governor's race

This weird, oh-so-Florida race should come to an end Tuesday, though it's anybody's guess whether Republican Gov. Rick Scott will win a second term or whether former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will pull off one of the most extraordinary political comebacks ever.

St. Petersburg Times Florida LCD consumers get settlement checks in time for Election Day

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi last week had good news for about 15,000 consumers who bought a liquid crystal display television, computer or monitor between 1999 and 2006.

St. Petersburg Times All over but the counting for Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

LAUDERDALE LAKES — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist rallied their most reliable supporters Monday on the last day of a long and brutal campaign, as all signs point to a close and suspenseful fight for control of the Governor's Mansion.

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Close Florida elections are just part of our heritage

Elsewhere, they might call it a travesty.

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact: Fact-checking the Nov. 2 Sunday shows

The prevailing wisdom among pundits is that Republicans will win enough seats in Tuesday's midterm election to gain control of the U.S. Senate. On Sunday, Nate Silver of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight pegged the likelihood of a GOP takeover at more than 70 percent.

St. Petersburg Times Vice President 'José' Biden stumps with Crist; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush touts Rick Scott

Democrats welcomed Joe Biden — or rather, José Biden, as he was introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia — to Miami on Sunday as part of a final appeal to voters to go to the polls Sunday and cast their ballots for Garcia for Congress and Charlie Crist for governor.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott: From unknown to incumbent in a Florida flash

When I heard that Marco Rubio was joining Rick Scott's early vote bus tour Saturday in Hillsborough County it reminded me of the first time I ever heard the name Rick Scott. I was sitting on a Rubio campaign bus in central Florida on April 13, 2010.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott taps assets in his blind trust to fund campaign

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott tapped assets in his blind trust and his wife matched the contributions to pump $12.8 million into his campaign, new state election reports show.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa Bay as reports show he gave his campaign $12.8 million

SUN CITY CENTER — Rick Scott brought with some political star power in U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for the final, frenzied weekend of campaigning for re-election, as new reports showed he and his wife added $12.8 million of their own money to help win the neck-and-neck campaign against Charlie Crist.

St. Petersburg Times South Florida secession effort just mirrors reality

For Alex Sink, the idea arrived four years too late.

St. Petersburg Times Complaint: D.C. law firm illegally lobbied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

TALLAHASSEE — An ethics complaint filed Friday alleges a Washington, D.C., law firm illegally lobbied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before she dropped suits or declined to investigate cases involving its clients.

St. Petersburg Times Political mailers disclose voting histories, prompting complaints

An election flier caught Annie Miller's eye after it found its way to her mailbox Thursday. Addressed to her stepson, Jeremy Matson, who had moved out of state, it bore the bold headline: "Jeremy, Why haven't you voted yet?"

St. Petersburg Times John Morgan vows to try again if Florida's medical marijuana amendment fails

Florida medical marijuana honcho John Morgan hopes for a victory on Amendment 2 when polls close on Tuesday. But a loss may not end the campaign, Morgan told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday. As long as the vote is close to the required 60 percent approval threshold, Morgan said, he will try again in 2016.

St. Petersburg Times Central Florida voters excited, exhausted over governor's race

SANFORD — Eighty-six-year-old Dottie Anthony pulled up to the Seminole County elections headquarters in her lime green Volkswagen Beetle this week with a singular mission: to cast a vote for Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

St. Petersburg Times Charlie Crist goes door to door for votes in Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY — Wearing a short-sleeved button down tucked into faded jeans and flanked by a gaggle of campaign members, Charlie Crist visited retirees in their Pasco County homes Friday morning.

St. Petersburg Times Medicare pays for drugs for dead people

WASHINGTON — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.

St. Petersburg Times Greenlight a leading issue in crowded race for north Pinellas commission seat

From the start, backers of the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum have battled a perception that the plan lacks value for residents north of Dunedin.

St. Petersburg Times Times poll: Florida governor's race tied

It's tighter than a rusty bolt on a '55 Ford, closer than Lassie and Timmy, hot enough to peel house paint.

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas, Hillsborough seeing 'robust' voter turnouts

TAMPA — More people in Tampa Bay have already voted than did before Election Day four years ago, raising the likelihood of a higher than expected turnout in Florida.