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Brown Leads Hogan in Mayor Race | SLIDESHOW
Brown Leads Hogan in Mayor Race | SLIDESHOW

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With all 256 precincts reporting, Democrat Alvin Brown leads Republican Mike Hogan by 603 votes in the race for mayor.

With 190,557 votes cast for mayor, Brown captured 50.16 percent to Hogan's 49.84 percent, well within the margin for an automatic recount.

Hogan told his supporters the recount would begin at 9 a.m. The turnout, according to the Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland, was 36.81 percent.

In the mayor's race,  Hogan touts his experience as a veteran city and state lawmaker while Brown believes his experience working in the President Clinton administration gives him the vision to lead the city.

Holland said the day has been "pretty smooth" technically, though certainly there is work left to do.

"We have to go through the register to make sure (voters) didn't vote in provisional and at the polls," Holland said, noting that about 500 to 600 provisional ballots still needed to be counted.

Holland also said there are about 1,000 absentee ballots that still need to be counted, so the race is not yet over. 

Michael Corrigan captured more than 53 percent of the votes in the race for tax collector; Dick Kravitz got just under 47 percent.

Incumbent City Council President Jack Webb has lost his seat to fellow Republican Matt Schellenberg in District 6 by nearly 1,000 votes.

There will also be a recount in the city council at large group 1 race, where Democrat Kimberly Daniels has 91,074 votes against Republican David A. Taylor's 90,916, a difference of .08 percent.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m. The new mayor will inherit a budget with a $60 million shortfall that could climb higher.




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