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.

Before the Vote: Mayoral Candidates Campaign

Before the Vote: Mayoral Candidates Campaign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Voters have just hours to decide who they want to be their next mayor in Jacksonville.

"If you're on the fence, it's time to make a decision," said Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.

Before the polls open both Republican Mike Hogan and Democrat Alvin Brown are trying to capture those undecided voters who could tip the scale in this election.

"Typically you have a wider split. Right now Democrats are leading by about 700 votes more than Republicans, which indicates it's going to be a very close race," said Holland.

Hoping to get a leg up, both candidates are pounded the pavement Monday tonight.

"I'm going to campaign, I'm going to campaign 24/7. Working, connecting with the voters, I'm not going to sleep," said Alvin Brown.

Mayoral Candidates React to Exclusive FCN Poll

Mayoral Candidates React to Exclusive FCN Poll

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The countdown is on - less than five days remain for Alvin Brown and Mike Hogan to get those final votes of support.

Brown spent the day shaking hands and meeting new voters, while Hogan worked the phhones trying to capture an undecided voter.

The two are battling it out in a very tight race for mayor. An exclusive First Coast News poll shows Hogan leads Brown by just five and a half points.

"I've never depended on them. In fact, in all of my other races, I never even knew what the numbers were...what really counts is May 17," said Hogan.

Brown said he has felt confident all along. "I think we've always said that this would be, this is a win-able race and that poll proves our point."

Supply of Yard Signs Available for Brown Supporters

Supporters who have been asking for yard signs to show their support of mayoral candidate Alvin Brown will begin picking them up beginning at 3 p.m. today at Brown’s downtown campaign headquarters at 233 E. Bay Street. The campaign also plans to distribute about 3,500 signs this weekend, and another 4,000 will be available next week in the campaign’s offices throughout the city.

“The overwhelming number of requests we’re getting for signs is another indication that the campaign is continuing to build momentum,” a campaign spokesman said.

Voters with Disabilities Vote by Absentee Ballot

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces that the courtesy of curbside voting for physically handicapped voters is no longer permitted.

Curbside Voting was a courtesy the Supervisor of Elections staff would provide to voters who were unable to come into a precinct because of physical limitations. To assist these voters on Election Day, two precinct poll workers of different political parties would carry a ballot out of the precinct to the voter. Once the voter had marked his or her ballot both precinct poll workers would cast the ballot through the Optical Scanner like all other voters.

Alvin Brown Opens Mandarin Office

Alvin Brown Opens Mandarin Office

Mayoral candidate Alvin Brown today opened his campaign's Mandarin office with a passionate speech about fighting for the future of public education in Jacksonville. He also picked up the endorsement of former mayor Tommy Hazouri whom he described as one of Northeast Florida's leading public servants and staunchest advocates for education.

State Takes Action Against Companies Soliciting Fake Energy Audits

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has filed suit against Unlimited Energy Solutions, Inc., and nine individuals for violation of the Florida Telephone Solicitation Statute. The lawsuit was filed as a result of an investigation of numerous complaints received by the Department in regard to potentially illegal sales calls.